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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

  • Glutten for Punishment

    fat kidd Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:18 pm
    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?

    ————-
    he just left miami!!!!

  • PurpleDrank81

    Raiders tickets actually arent expensive at all

  • raiders22

    we’re going to get whooped. we’ll put up some points but, if you havent noticed, our D isnt really stopping anybody. (besides STL) The personell is better, yet we still make those dumb penalties, and most of all……
    WE PLAY A SYSTEM RAN BY AN INCOHERENT 80 YEAR OLD.

    time to hope this is the year the sharks win it all

  • mistic1

    Oakland is a city where if you dont win you will not sell out! Hell even when we do win we may not sell out! Welcome to the town!

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

    Stub hub has Raiders tickets from $21 for the Houston game.

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    Dakota…..you may be right about the coaching (but it could be a slow learning curve). NFL channel just showed 3 passes dropped by DHB….all three of which were caused by leaving his feet…unnecessarily…to catch the ball. One one of them, he slowed up on his route, jumped high but missed the catch. Had he simply continued his pattern, he would have run underneath a perfectly thrown pass. And one where he left his feet and didn’t use his body to shield the catch in the end zone. Missed a sure TD on that one.

  • fat kidd

    PurpleDrank81 Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:21 pm
    Raiders tickets actually arent expensive at all

    ……………….and beer prices too……..

  • mistic1

    # raiders22 Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    we’re going to get whooped. we’ll put up some points but, if you havent noticed, our D isnt really stopping anybody. (besides STL) The personell is better, yet we still make those dumb penalties, and most of all……
    WE PLAY A SYSTEM RAN BY AN INCOHERENT 80 YEAR OLD.

    ==========================================================
    Davis doesnt coach. Like alot of owners he has preferences for what he wants with his team. The steelers are known for the 3-4, the raiders are known for bump n run 4-3.

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

    SinceFrankYouellField Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:23 pm
    Dakota…..you may be right about the coaching (but it could be a slow learning curve). NFL channel just showed 3 passes dropped by DHB….all three of which were caused by leaving his feet…unnecessarily…to catch the ball. One one of them, he slowed up on his route, jumped high but missed the catch. Had he simply continued his pattern, he would have run underneath a perfectly thrown pass. And one where he left his feet and didn’t use his body to shield the catch in the end zone. Missed a sure TD on that one.

    __________________________

    DHB has played WR in HS, College and now the Pros, and he STILL tries to catch the ball with his nipples or belly button instead of his hands….he may very well be short bus material…14 on the Wonderlic….

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

    We owe Nixon for the legislation on lifting the blackouts.
    “The NFL has a long history of clinging to its blackout policies and refusing to advance with the times. In fact, the only reason that we have the current blackout policy is literally because of an act of Congress. If the NFL had their way, we would still be blacking out every game in the local markets (even sellouts) and the Super Bowl would be blacked out in the city lucky enough to host it. Back in 1972, the Washington Redskins made the playoffs for the first time in a while, and the President wanted to watch the playoff games on television. Rozelle told Nixon and his attorney general to, in essence, piss off, and Congress moved so fast that before the next season began, we had a new law requiring teams to not blackout games when they were sold out. There is a bizarre and funny story in this old Sports Illustrated article from 1973, where Eagles President Leonard Tose put for sale seats with obstructed views that no one would buy, so that the Eagles could still blackout the game, but local businessman Mickey Rubin, whose former wife was apparently getting the business from Tose, bought all the tickets and took out a full page ad in the paper in a sweet act of revenge.”
    sourcehttp://thebiglead.com/index.php/2010/09/17/nfl-blackout-policy-needs-to-change-and-politicians-are-doing-their-best-to-make-it-happen/

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

    Nah, it’s not Oakland’s fault. Most of the season-ticket holders come from the Greater East/Bay, Pleasonton/Livermore area anyway.

    Al Davis’ name is mud around here, that’s the problem. Plus they’re not only losing, but they don’t even look like a professional football team.

  • mistic1

    # Dakota Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    SinceFrankYouellField Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:23 pm
    Dakota…..you may be right about the coaching (but it could be a slow learning curve). NFL channel just showed 3 passes dropped by DHB….all three of which were caused by leaving his feet…unnecessarily…to catch the ball. One one of them, he slowed up on his route, jumped high but missed the catch. Had he simply continued his pattern, he would have run underneath a perfectly thrown pass. And one where he left his feet and didn’t use his body to shield the catch in the end zone. Missed a sure TD on that one.

    __________________________

    DHB has played WR in HS, College and now the Pros, and he STILL tries to catch the ball with his nipples or belly button instead of his hands….he may very well be short bus material…14 on the Wonderlic….
    =============================================================

    That is harsh, lost of receivers catch with their body er nipples.

  • Ryan

    ticketmaster has best available seats as 200 level, visitors side, 40 yrd line. 2 tickets, $383.50.

    Wow. Seems expensive to me.

  • mistic1

    # exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    We owe Nixon for the legislation on lifting the blackouts.
    “The NFL has a long history of clinging to its blackout policies and refusing to advance with the times. In fact, the only reason that we have the current blackout policy is literally because of an act of Congress. If the NFL had their way, we would still be blacking out every game in the local markets (even sellouts) and the Super Bowl would be blacked out in the city lucky enough to host it. Back in 1972, the Washington Redskins made the playoffs for the first time in a while, and the President wanted to watch the playoff games on television. Rozelle told Nixon and his attorney general to, in essence, piss off, and Congress moved so fast that before the next season began, we had a new law requiring teams to not blackout games when they were sold out. There is a bizarre and funny story in this old Sports Illustrated article from 1973, where Eagles President Leonard Tose put for sale seats with obstructed views that no one would buy, so that the Eagles could still blackout the game, but local businessman Mickey Rubin, whose former wife was apparently getting the business from Tose, bought all the tickets and took out a full page ad in the paper in a sweet act of revenge.”
    sourcehttp://thebiglead.com/index.php/2010/09/17/nfl-blackout-policy-needs-to-change-and-politicians-are-doing-their-best-to-make-it-happen/
    ===========================================================

    Wow!!!!! These really are some greedy bastards!

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    Owen Daniels was held out of Thursday’s practice with a hamstring injury.

    Matt Schaub could be without his No. 1 receiver and his tight end on Sunday. Daniels had been limited all season with a knee injury, but the hamstring is new. Joel Dreessen and James Casey will fill in if Daniels can’t play, but the Texans tight end position isn’t fantasy relevant at the moment.

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

    14 on the wonderlic = an IQ of 88 (14*2+60)

    IQ of 80-89 = Low Average IQ (16% of the population)

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

    If you did a Poll in the Bay Area, I bet Al Davis would come in behind the “lady” from Wasila

    Whose name is verbotten on this website

    Dakota, try typing her name.

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png r8eray

    Raiders 27-24…..did you get that banana?

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    I have become very sensitive to the “catching against the body” criticism. Mystic is correct…..even the best receivers seem to use this technique when the ball is at their body (rather than in front of them) on a crossing pattern, or on a come-back pattern….and they know a defender is very close and they need to absorb the hit. They protect it by catching against the body with both hands….and brace for the blast. I have noticed some of the very best receivers catching balls against their bodies….without reason to do so. I think we have just become very sensitive to this because of DHB’s initial propensity to do with without cause. I don’t believe it is happening an inordinate number of times.

  • ljotherbutler

    Man what is the deal with having to travel out of the black out zone to watch the damn home games? At least with the nfl red zone you get to see the drives. suprised the don”t black that out too, or at least charge us to see it. what a joke.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Best available tickets…….Yea if you want the best tickets there gonna be expensive if you jus wanna go watch the game and still have decent seats you can pay 60 bucks….

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

    McFadden 17 = IQ of 94
    Russell 24 = IQ of 108
    Rolando McClain 16 = IQ of 92
    Gallery 23 = IQ of 106
    Nnamdi 24 = IQ of 108

    Which two scores don’t seem right?

  • Ghost to the Post

    You can have great seats for every home game as a season ticket holder for a 100.00 a game. What’s 40 more bucks for great seats?

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

    KK, you can’t say Ob@ma’s name either lol.

  • DKnight007

    Dakota Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:00 pm
    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.

    ^^^^^^^
    Gotta offer those two 3.5-5 million a year for them to even consider coming here and they want roster control.

    If this Cable experiment fails (which it inevitably will) the old man Al and us fans better realize we won’t see a Super Bowl title again unless he brings in REAL head coaches like Gruden or Harbaugh.

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    Playbook AFC will re-broadcast at 7PM on NFL channel… If you have NFL channel, they will show the replays of DHB’s misses (at about 7:15 PM) with analysis of the reason for the missed receptions.

  • DKnight007

    atdhe.net is another option….

  • http://theviruscarries.com drowningboy
  • PurpleDrank81

    Whats up with this DHB hating rite now….

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

    Dakota Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    KK, you can’t say Ob@ma’s name either lol.
    —————————————–
    Wow, but Norco Boob can say whatever he wants.

  • Plunketthead

    BIG BANANA

    Raiders 42 – 20

  • http://www.alaska.com SammyTheBull

    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?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    40 home games for basketball
    81 home games for baseball
    8 home games for football

    Do the math

  • http://www.alaska.com SammyTheBull

    # PurpleDrank81 Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Whats up with this DHB hating rite now….
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    right now?
    not right now.
    been going on for over a year.
    23 passes
    9 caught

    and you find this appealing, because?

  • mistic1

    # ljotherbutler Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Man what is the deal with having to travel out of the black out zone to watch the damn home games? At least with the nfl red zone you get to see the drives. suprised the don”t black that out too, or at least charge us to see it. what a joke.
    =============================================================

    Do yourself a favor for 50$ you can have a subscription at nfl.com, this will let you watch every game on the nfl schedule, available on monday morning, including blacked ou raider games. The one time fee is good for the whole year!

  • ljotherbutler

    To go to a game and tailgate, decent seats,a beer and a bite in the stadium, pay for parking. your looking at about two hundred to two fifty a person. Or more if you really wanna have a good time.

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

    Nnamdi and Russell scored the same on the Wonderlic…that means the test is totally invalid, or Russell cheated and Nnamdi got sick 3/4 through the test and marked C for the rest of the answers…

  • ljotherbutler

    Yeah, nothing like watching a game that was played the day before!!

  • Plunketthead

    Dirtmatt Schaab, meet the #3 rated Oakland D
    No AJ, No TE, just you and fumbling Foster

  • http://www.alaska.com SammyTheBull

    “I have noticed some of the very best receivers catching balls against their bodies….without reason to do so.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    names?
    links?
    unless their body is turned, on a badly thrown ball, no player is taught to bring the ball into their body. recipe for a fumble

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

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles city attorney’s office says Jay Mariotti, an AOL Fanhouse sports columnist and regular panelist on ESPN’s “Around The Horn”, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery count stemming from an August incident involving a female companion.

    City attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan says Mariotti was sentenced Thursday to 36 months of probation, community service and a domestic violence course.

    Mariotti was originally charged with seven counts, but Mateljan says all other counts were dismissed.

    Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

    ++++++++

    Was that on Around the Horn today?

  • hellsbells

    My tickets cost me $60.00 dallars a game. If you tailgate right you dont need to buy food or drink inside. Parking is a joke. Food, beer, tick about $110. per head.

  • mistic1

    By the way can we have a rule where posters are blacked out/ banned from this board if they have not actually seen the game!!!! So many people on this board seem to base their opinions, on various blogs, news programs and articles, highlight shows and so on. yet they go on and on as if they are holding clip boards on the sideline!

  • JLofty

    The blackout rules are an archaic relic of 1950s thinking.
    But I don’t care either way. I live where I can watch the game on TV but plan to be in the Coli parking lot at 9:30 drinking a Mickeys Big Mouth while i mix another for the ole Raider Nation double fister.
    I love partying at the Coli with the NATION!!!

  • Plunketthead

    I bet N Bob is popping champagne in celebration

  • SinceFrankYouellField

    PD81: You won’t hear any DHB hating from here. I really like the kid. Love those who bust their buns to get better. I only offered what I saw…and what the guys on NFL Channel saw…pointing out the things I hope he and his coaches are working on.

  • ljotherbutler

    three or four hours with no beer!!! No way

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real GradkowskiRaider

    Fans are rewarding the Raiders for their big off season moves!

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

    North Carolina Bank sues Sapp for almost $1 mil
    sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-sapp-loan

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

    mistic1 Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 3:49 pm
    By the way can we have a rule where posters are blacked out/ banned from this board if they have not actually seen the game!!!! So many people on this board seem to base their opinions, on various blogs, news programs and articles, highlight shows and so on. yet they go on and on as if they are holding clip boards on the sideline!
    ++++++++++++++

    Like those that claimed McFadden sucked in the preseason based on a box score…oh, you mean you didn’t see the 2 defenders that were in the backfield before he was handed the ball?

  • hellsbells

    Thats why you drink 20 outside. Maybe by one more inside if it is hot.