Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders helmet before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland granted 24-hour extension to avoid blackout

The Oakland Raiders are getting another shot at being on local television this Sunday when they take on the Tennessee Titans at Coliseum.

NFL officials have given them a 24-hour extension to avoid the local TV blackout due to not selling out the stadium.

According to Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area, the blackout will most likely be avoided:

The NFL’s blackout policy states that a game cannot be broadcast in the team’s home market if they don’t sell their allotment of general tickets. Premium tickets are not part of the NFL’s blackout policy.

The NFL rarely grants extensions in games that don’t eventually sellout. They typically go out in situations where a team has a few thousand tickets remaining at most.

Teams have several ways of avoiding such a scenario, via Mike Florio of NBC Sports:

No NFL game has been blacked out to date, but those efforts have been aided by the ability of teams to reduce the minimum obligation from 100 percent of the non-premium tickets down to 85 — and to buy any unsold tickets at 34 cents on the dollar.  Teams like the Dolphins and Buccaneers have avoided one or more blackouts this season using both tactics.

Oakland will start undrafted rookie quarterback Matt McGloin over the ailing Terrelle Pryor against the Titans.

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