Report: Raiders adopt lower blackout threshold

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The Raiders weren’t blacked out on television for any of their home games last season.

If a report from Paul Gutierrez of is correct, there’s not much chance they’ll be blacked out this year either. Gutierrez reports that the Raiders have decided to take advantage of the new rule allowing teams to lower the blackout threshold to as low as 85 percent of their non-premium tickets. The Raiders have adopted that lower threshold, which cannot be changed during the season.

The move will make it easier for the Raiders to avoid blackouts, but stands to cost them money if they are able to get the same amount of people in the seats as they had last year. They sold out every one of their home games, finishing with an average attendance of 59,242 that was a sharp increase over the two previous seasons. Under the new rule, half of the revenue from every ticket sold after meeting the threshold will go to the visiting team as opposed to 34 cents on each dollar if you keep things at 100 percent.

The Buccaneers are the only other team to take advantage of the new rule for this season. Unlike the Raiders, their games were regularly blacked out last season.

16 responses to “Report: Raiders adopt lower blackout threshold

  1. Apparently last year’s 2 for 1 ticket sales weren’t to sustainable financially. Nice to pad the numbers though. Let’s see if Mt Davis gets filled this year at near full price.

  2. Get them in the house, at a decent price, and they won’t have to mortgage the wife or first born, and those people are going to want to eat those overpriced dogs and drink those expensive beers!

  3. The team seems to be making every efort to bond with the community. Good move. It may cost a little upfront, but it will pay off in the future. Hopefully, this shows the team is committed to staying in Oakland.

  4. I do not know why the Raiders did this. We just purchased 2 season tickets and tried to get 2 more in Mt. Davis but where told no season tickets were available in Mt. Davis. So now the Raiders will be giving the visiting team an extra 16% (?) of ticket sales for nothing.

    Raiders will sell-out every game this year.

    That 16% could have gone back into the stadium or lower ticket prices.

  5. So the mighty Raider Nation needs help in selling out their games by utilizing a new “we can’t sell out our games” rule. Just freaking hilarious, what a sad franchise and sorry fan base. Playoffs? where’s Jim Mora when you need Jim?

  6. The Raiders sell tickets starting at $26 a game. That’s slightly over $500 bucks to have season tickets for two to the entire season. The most expensive seat in the house is $151/game. They regularly (like almost every game) offer ‘buy one, get one free’ ticket specials.

    True, parking is $35/game, but the Coliseum is connected by the Caltrain, Amtrack, BART, and bus. There’s also plenty of free street parking within walking distance if you are man enough to brave Oakland on a sunny Sunday afternoon. There is also a $3 shuttle from Oakland airport so you can fly in before and after the game.

    If you have to mortgage your house to pay to go to a Raiders game, you’re doing it wrong.

  7. Isn’t this bad for the Raiders fans? Now they won’t have to sell out all their games to avoid a blackout, so that means they won’t give tickets away at bargain prices. Essentially they can charge MORE for the tickets they do sell, which is probably why the Raiders did this.

  8. t8ertot says: Aug 8, 2012 6:00 PM

    I feel for Raider fans..why spend a fortune to go watch a horrible team? Stay home and save your money folks
    You obviously don’t understand what it means to be a fan.

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