Oakland Raiders had lowest local television rating in NFL

Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; A detail of a Oakland Raiders helmet on the field before a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

When you think of the Oakland Raiders, a lack of fans doesn’t come to mind.

But for the third straight season, the Raiders found themselves as the lowest ranked NFL team in regards to local television ratings, this according to Sports Business Daily.

Per Sports business daily #raiders had lowest local TV rating in NFL for at least 3rd straight season

Nobody will ever question the diehards but the casual fan has seemingly abandoned the once proud franchise who hasn’t had a winning season in over a decade (2002 to be exact).

The mounting losses have done a number on the Raiders television ratings understandably as the team is continually pushing the NFL for extensions to avoid local blackouts.

Add in the success of the cross-bay San Francisco 49ers and many casual fans have adopted a new team, though a return to glory should once again put the Raiders back among the NFL elites.

Hopefully that starts in the coming months as the Raiders will own the fifth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Topics: NFL, Oakland Raiders

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  • Silvia Arredondo

    A die hard Raider fan will never abandom the team. That doesn’t mean he or she is tired of watching them lose and rather do something else.

  • Raider Grant

    It doesn’t help when CBS & other broadcasters cut to other games by half time. I’ve been forced to watch entire bronchos, patriots, cowboy, saints(ect) games while they are killing opposing team, but can’t watch my Raiders attempt a 2nd half come back due to station flopping game. Owners should fight to make sure this doesn’t happen. Only games I’ve ever seen CBS change are Raider games! Once Raiders back in saddle, CBS should AUTOMATICALLY have to pay higher price to air Raider games! Raider Nation 4 Life!!!!

  • Pridenpoise

    As angry as it makes to watch the Raiders get thumped, I return every Sunday hoping that is the week the turnaround is going to start. I believe that things are getting better, albeit slowly, but I’ve been a fan for 35 years, and I will go to my grave wearing Silver n Black.

  • a garcia

    I won’t leave my team for another but with all the years of losing, its not as big a deal of you miss a game or two on the tely . additionally the Raiders decided to stop showing preseason games of the Raiders in the central valley ca so our ratings it seems don’t matter to Raider brass.

  • Bevan Ryken

    It would be interesting to see what the international numbers are. I’m a die hard Raiders fan from New Zealand, and I know there are a whole lot more Raider fans from NZ/Australia region!

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