Oakland has avoided a television blackout, again. Despite losing five out of their last six games, the Raiders managed to sell the necessary number of tickets to avoid the local television blackout that may have been imposed by the NFL if they were unable to do so.
According to CSN Bay Area, Oakland has managed to avoid a blackout in 22 of their last 23 games and haven’t had any this season. That, in part, is due to O.co Coliseum lowering its’ seating capacity to 52,300.
From the CSN Bay Area report:
The NFL’s blackout policy does not include premium seats, and some of them remain available for Sunday’s game. The game will be broadcast on KPIX Ch. 5 in the Bay Area. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m.
Oakland takes on the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday and has one more home game in 2013, in the NFL’s final week against the Denver Broncos.
Earlier in the season, the Raiders needed a 24-hour extension to avoid a blackout – which is a fairly common practice – prior to their week 12 game against the Tennessee Titans.
At least one other game this season was close to being blacked out — week 8 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers – but for now, the Raiders have avoided that embarrassing fate. Credit to the fans for coming out despite the struggles.