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Blackout streak reaches nine

The Raiders announced Sunday’s game against Houston had not sold out 72 hours in advance and would be blacked out on local television.

It’s the ninth straight home blackout for the Raiders, with the last home game on television being last year’s Monday night season opener against the San Diego Chargers.

The Raiders have 78 blackouts in 122 home games since moving back to Oakland in 1995.

Asked about blackouts in a Sirius Radio appearance today, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the following about the blackout issue:

“When you look at the blackouts, we used to have 35-40 percent of our games blacked out in the 70s, 80s and even into the early 90s. Those numbers were extraordinarily high. We actually have a very small number of blackouts within the last couple of years but we also recognize it’s a challenging time for our fans.

“To be able to take your family to an NFL game it’s a big commitment for people and we have to be sensitive to that as clubs and as a league. And I think we are. And I think that’s a continuing challenge for us. We also look at it as how do we make the event itself, so when you do go to our stadiums, a great event. We want it to be a positive experience, a memorable experience and something that people will want to come back and do more. But we can’t be naïve to what’s going on out there to our fans and the kind of environment we’re operating in right now.”

Goodell seems to have softened at least a little from hardline stance on blackouts, but he’s a long way from suggesting the league eliminate them.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Al, buy up the tickets and then give them away.

  • VanHeathen

    Eliminate the Blackouts and Goodell…

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Better to waste money on that and have a crowd than wast money on guys like Russell, D. Hall and J. Walker.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Isnt surprising at all

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    23,000 Season Ticket Holders is pretty pathetic.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    I took a buddy of mine 4 years to get his Denver Broncos season tickets…..

  • DKnight007

    Not surprising and I also find it funny that the Bolts didn’t sell out either. They the Jags did sell out, but when you watch a Jag game and the pan the stadium, they are a crap load of seats that are EMPTY! The Jags paint their seasts the light blue/teal color to try and disguise the fan attendance.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/09/30/chargers-suffer-second-blackout/

  • RaiderRockstar

    Oakland hasn’t employed a lot of three-wide receiver sets, choosing to keep fullback Marcel Reece in the game and bringing in Khalif Barnes as an extra blocker rather than flooding the field with extra wide outs.

    Higgins would be the receiver most likely to get extensive time should Murphy be unable to play.

    ***

    thats what I’ve been saying Jerry!

    these semi-pro bloggers just don’t get it …

  • Pretty Rick

    Does anybody wanna see the Texans beat the Raiders 31-17 anyway?

  • DKnight007

    VanHeathen Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 2:48 pm
    Eliminate the Blackouts and Goodell…

    ^^^^^^^
    It won’t be eliminated….but the league should definitely REVISE the stupid policy.

    Instead of having it be a RIDICULOUS 100 mile blackout rule, they should cut it in half and make it a 50 mile blackout rule.

  • mistic1

    # priesttj Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Anyone wh says DHB can’t get open and can’t get separation is clueless. That is probably his best attribute they can’t cover the kid. The problem is timing between QB and DHB needs to get much better. I have yet to see anyone cover him the season.

    In fact our wideouts are plenty open can we protect and get them the football is the issue. Even ZMiller is drawing single coverage due to DHB you saw that on the first TD to Zack. This passing game has a ton of potential it’s just starting to gel.
    ============================================================

    Brilliant! Murphy and miller are getting single coverage because of DHB!!!!! Because of what he has done the last two weeks in money time teams must account for him at all times. lets not fail to mention this is also taking pressure off dmac as well. You cant just load the box, because our boys will burn with that vaunted yet heavily criticized vertical passing game.

    DHB is also turning into a catch and run threat as well. How old is he 20-21? Just think he hasnt even finished growing yet! He will be one of the biggest fastest wide outs in football. His hands wont ever be on par with Moss, but more like T.O. or roy williams.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Lebron James pulled the race card?

    lmwao

  • PurpleDrank81

    What did Lebron do now?

  • aig-raiders

    I think professional sports (esp NFL) are coming to a day of reckoning soon. It costs too much for the common person to go to the game. stubhub is the only route for me if I decide to go.

  • fat kidd

    if you take brett favre out of the vikings they dont sell out ,if you subtract peyton manning from the colts they dont sell out,some people pay too see certain players oakland has no such player to draw in fans seems like we avoid them!

  • mistic1

    Wait can some one explain why baseball and basketball dont sell out, and dont blackout, but the nfl does? My beloved oakland a’s and oakland warriors, only hvae about fifteen fans per game?

  • DKnight007

    KoolKell Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 2:49 pm
    23,000 Season Ticket Holders is pretty pathetic.

    ^^^^^^^
    Yep and if the stupid, stubborn, lame old man Al would wake the hell up and just hire a head coach like Jon Gruden or Jim Harbaugh to lead this team and organization back to respectability….those season ticket sales would sky rocket!

  • VanHeathen

    Lebron needs to pull Delonte off of his Mom…

    Goodell should suspend the Blackout rule for the 2010 season as a way to support fans in these hard times, but he won’t…

  • RaiderRockstar

    During drills, Murphy ran a route down the left sideline at about three-quarter speed and raised only one arm in an unsuccessful attempt to catch the ball. He then removed his helmet and watched from near the end zone, later helping cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha with his daily stretching routine.

    Those who weren’t present included left guard Robert Gallery (hamstring), defensive tackle John Henderson (foot), cornerback Walter McFadden (Hamstring), Schilens (knee), linebacker Ricky Brown (hamstring) and linebacker Travis Goethel (lower back).

    ***

    there are your 7 inactives this week

    I hope Seymour & CJ37 are good enough to not only play, but play well. We’ll need them in this contest!

  • DKnight007

    mistic1 Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 2:55 pm
    Wait can some one explain why baseball and basketball dont sell out, and dont blackout, but the nfl does? My beloved oakland a’s and oakland warriors, only hvae about fifteen fans per game?

    ^^^^^^^^
    Long seasons and there are a crap load of baseball games that don’t sell out….

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Dakota Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Lebron James pulled the race card?

    lmwao
    ——————————–
    PTI thought it was justified.

  • RaiderRockstar

    5pm in Podunk. later gents!

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/LeBron-James-doing-more-damage-to-reputation-by-pulling-out-race-card-093010

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 2:54 pm
    What did Lebron do now?

  • The Big Banana

    LA to TheBay Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Would Shanarat unload Hayensworth on us? Would we want him? What would the asking price be?

    ================================================

    For the right compensation, sure. He already jobbed us for a 4th in exchange for Campbell. He doesn’t mind taking advantage of his old employer.

  • DKnight007

    Pretty Rick Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 2:51 pm
    Does anybody wanna see the Texans beat the Raiders 31-17 anyway?

    ^^^^^^^^
    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if that’s what the final score winds up being.

  • DKnight007

    KoolKell Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 2:49 pm
    23,000 Season Ticket Holders is pretty pathetic.

    ^^^^^^^
    Yep and if the stupid, stubborn, lame old man Al would wake the hell up and just hire a head coach like Jon Gruden or Jim Harbaugh to lead this team and organization back to respectability….those season ticket sales would sky rocket!

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    mistic1 Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 2:55 pm
    Wait can some one explain why baseball and basketball dont sell out, and dont blackout, but the nfl does? My beloved oakland a’s and oakland warriors, only hvae about fifteen fans per game?
    ++++++++++++++

    82 and 41 home games is why.

  • Glutten for Punishment

    LA to TheBay Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 1:35 pm
    As for the Supreme Commander, even he said last year playoffs are unlikely and this year he is ‘cautiously optimistic,’ but unless we clean up the red zone stuff and make sure our DTs are healthy (Fat Albert, anyone?), we’re running a serious risk of the whole playoff-appearance-first-year-of-every-decade streak.
    —————
    what hurts is the fact that we got ripped off by NE for our 1st. i hope we find a diamond in the rough in Rd2 and we get at least 8 wins so our pick we give them is a mid and not a top 5.

  • Pretty Rick

    C.R.E.A.M.

    Cash Rules Everything Around Me
    Cream, get the money,,dollar dollar bill ya’ll!
    The NFL’s motto.

  • DKnight007

    VanHeathen Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 2:48 pm
    Eliminate the Blackouts and Goodell…

    ^^^^^^^
    It won’t be eliminated because the NFL is too GREEDY, but the league should definitely REVISE the stupid policy.

    Instead of having it be a RIDICULOUS 100 mile blackout rule, they should cut it in half and make it a 50 mile blackout rule at the very least!

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    September 30th, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 2:49 pm
    23,000 Season Ticket Holders is pretty pathetic.

    ^^^^^^^
    Yep and if the stupid, stubborn, lame old man Al would wake the hell up and just hire a head coach like Jon Gruden or Jim Harbaugh to lead this team and organization back to respectability….those season ticket sales would sky rocket!
    +++++++++++++++

    Think Al could convince them to take the job with what he is willing to pay? $1-2 million a season…Harbaugh probably makes more than that at Standford.

  • DKnight007

    mistic1 Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 2:55 pm
    Wait can some one explain why baseball and basketball dont sell out, and dont blackout, but the nfl does? My beloved oakland a’s and oakland warriors, only hvae about fifteen fans per game?

    ^^^^^^^^
    Long seasons and there are a crap load of baseball games that don’t sell out….

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    When it comes to paying coaches Al is like my dad, stuck in the past.

    Dad: What, they want 46 cents a stamp now!?!?!?! How much is a gallon of milk? What do you mean they can’t build an office building for $1 million!

    Al: Sanjay Lal will take this head coaching job for $1 million dollars a year…he just has to call timeouts and read from a script for cryin out loud! Coaches aren’t important!

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    I hope coaches are all over Raiders receivers about finishing routes – running them as if every pass is coming their way.

    I noted several lazy patterns in the middle of the field. But the two most remarkable were DHB slowing down on deep pattern down left side (one where he was SLIGHTLY interfered with) and Murphy easing up on deep pattered down right side. In both cases the ball was NOT overthrown as it may have appeared to some….and WERE catchable.

    Coaches….please stay on these youngsters!

  • ArmChair GM

    # mistic1 Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Wait can some one explain why baseball and basketball dont sell out, and dont blackout, but the nfl does? My beloved oakland a’s and oakland warriors, only hvae about fifteen fans per game?
    _______________________________________________________

    Mistic I agree about the A’s. But the Dubs have one of the best attendance percentages in the entire NBA. I know because I go to Warrior games all the time.

    p.s. I like how you called them the Oakland Warriors…

  • Glutten for Punishment

    Instead of having it be a RIDICULOUS 100 mile blackout rule, they should cut it in half and make it a 50 mile blackout rule at the very least!
    ———————

    maybe the 18 game schedule will help it out???

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    P.S. Had just one of these two passes gotten caught = TD and Raiders win.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    From Wiki:
    Since 1973, the NFL has maintained a blackout policy that states that a home game cannot be televised locally if it is not sold out 72 hours prior to its start time. Prior to 1973, all games were blacked out in the home city of origin regardless of whether they were sold out. This policy, dating back to the NFL’s emerging television years, resulted in home-city blackouts even during championship games. For instance, the 1958 “Greatest Game Ever Played” between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants was unavailable to New York fans despite the sellout. Similarly, all Super Bowl games prior to the seventh edition were unavailable in the host city’s market.

    Although that policy was successfully defended in court numerous times, Congress passed legislation requiring the NFL to impose the 72-hour deadline (see above). The league will sometimes change this deadline to 48 hours if there are only a few thousand tickets left unsold; much more rarely, they will occasionally extend this to 24 hours in special cases

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    SinceFrankYouellField Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:06 pm
    P.S. Had just one of these two passes gotten caught = TD and Raiders win.
    +++++++++++++

    That DHB one really pissed me off…how much money was he paid and he can’t run out a route late in a tight ballgame? Lucky he was bailed out by the call, but had he been running he very well might have caught a TD pass like you said and we win and everyone still loves Jano!

  • Glutten for Punishment

    and everyone still loves Jano!
    —————-
    LMFAO!!!!!

    we will again

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    This wiki page has all the rule of blackouts including special Raider-9er rules.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL_on_television

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    Can’t focus only on DHB, Dakota. I thought Murph’s was even worse in that he WASN’T interfered with at all…..just slowed up…..and….for the life of me…..no apparent reason why. Perhaps not used to having a QB trust he will beat a corner and complete a deep route….and still young enough to not realize that, in this league, a step is open and two steps is WIDE OPEN….so finish the pattern….the ball may still be coming!

  • LA to TheBay

    DHB and Murphy (if 80% or better) will tear up the Texans pass D. Look for them to take advantage of the rookie RCB.

    Zach should find some holes. Red Zone will be better.

    However, it’s still a nail-biter due to Texans high octane offense.

    Look for Oakland to scratch this out at home on……dramatic pause…. Janikowski 45 yard field goal right down the middle.

    What.

  • mistic1

    # exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    From Wiki:
    Since 1973, the NFL has maintained a blackout policy that states that a home game cannot be televised locally if it is not sold out 72 hours prior to its start time. Prior to 1973, all games were blacked out in the home city of origin regardless of whether they were sold out. This policy, dating back to the NFL’s emerging television years, resulted in home-city blackouts even during championship games. For instance, the 1958 “Greatest Game Ever Played” between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants was unavailable to New York fans despite the sellout. Similarly, all Super Bowl games prior to the seventh edition were unavailable in the host city’s market.

    Although that policy was successfully defended in court numerous times, Congress passed legislation requiring the NFL to impose the 72-hour deadline (see above). The league will sometimes change this deadline to 48 hours if there are only a few thousand tickets left unsold; much more rarely, they will occasionally extend this to 24 hours in special cases
    ============================================================

    Thanks bra good info. Wow these are some greedy bastards!

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    SinceFrankYouellField,

    I missed the Murphy one.

    Coaching. Garbage in, garbage out.

  • Glutten for Punishment

    LA to TheBay Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:14 pm
    DHB and Murphy (if 80% or better) will tear up the Texans pass D. Look for them to take advantage of the rookie RCB.

    Zach should find some holes. Red Zone will be better.

    However, it’s still a nail-biter due to Texans high octane offense.

    Look for Oakland to scratch this out at home on……dramatic pause…. Janikowski 45 yard field goal right down the middle.

    What.
    —————
    ive never heard of dream typing, this is a first!!!

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    State Rep in Penn. sues to end blackouts in stadiums where tax $ were used
    http://citizensvoice.com/news/nfl-blackout-rule-is-unfair-1.1010231

  • SD-Raider

    keep the blackout rule but lower these insane ticket prices!

  • fat kidd

    the raiders need to hire someone in the front office who could review als win/loss record over the last seven years give us a number and work on that to improve attendance,but where could you find such a man?

  • mistic1

    # SinceFrankYouellField Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I hope coaches are all over Raiders receivers about finishing routes – running them as if every pass is coming their way.

    I noted several lazy patterns in the middle of the field. But the two most remarkable were DHB slowing down on deep pattern down left side (one where he was SLIGHTLY interfered with) and Murphy easing up on deep pattered down right side. In both cases the ball was NOT overthrown as it may have appeared to some….and WERE catchable.

    Coaches….please stay on these youngsters!
    ============================================================

    Agreed, young mistakes, they have to clean that up!