By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, October 15th, 2009 at 1:36 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles was officially declared a blackout, failing to sell out 72 hours before kickoff.
It was the Raiders’ second consecutive blackout and 71st since the team returned to Oakland in 1995.
The Raiders have not faced the Eagles since the return season, and snuck a sellout just under the wire in their second home game, a 48-17 victory over Philadelphia after trailing 17-0 in the first half.
In that game, capacity was just over 50,000 as the stadium was still being remodled to its current capacity of over 61,000.
Two weeks after the Eagles game, the Raiders had their first regular-season home blackout in a 34-14 win over Seattle, with capacity raised to 54,000 with the addition of some bleachers that weren’t ready yet for the Eagles game.
The Raiders have been televised 44 times out of 115 regular-season games since returning to Oakland but had had rebounded in that area since taking over their own ticket sales, with just six blackouts from 2006 through 2008.
Bay Area fans will instead get Arizona-Seattle on the Fox affiliate.