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Raiders close `Mt. Davis’ _ capacity 53,200

The Raiders announced Wednesday they will reduce capacity at O.co Coliseum by nearly 10,000 to 53,200 in 2013 and relocate approximately 4,850 fans from the east side high-rise structure known as “Mt. Davis.’’

Raiders CEO Amy Trask described the decision as a “tool’’ to insure games remain on local television as well as promote more of a community atmosphere.

Fans who paid $260 per season ticket on the east side structure will be moved to the west side third deck and their tickets will cost $250 this season _ or $10 per game including preseason games.

Fans near the 50-yard line in the third deck who were paying $610 per ticket will have their ticket prices cut to $250.

The Raiders had just one television blackout in eight regular-season games in 2012 with help from the NFL’s `85 percent’’ rule, which allowed them to declare a sellout (and give the NFL a bigger cut of the ticket sales) if 85 percent of their non-suite tickets were sold by Thursday.

The average regular-season attendance for the Raiders in 2012 was 54,217.

Trask said closing of the east structure would be made in lieu of the 85 percent rule. The club is also planning to eliminate other “tools’’ to achieve sellouts such as 2-for-1 ticket giveaways sponsored by companies such as Compass Media and Hawaiian Airlines.

The A’s have tarped off sections of the third deck since 2006, reducing capacity for baseball to the 34,000 range. The Jacksonville Jaguars have reduced capacity by approximately 10,000 in the same manner.

According to Trask, NFL rules state that once a club closes off a section, it cannot be re-opened for any games regardless of ticket demand _ even in the case of the postseason.

Trask said the Raiders are continuing to focus their energy for a new stadium on the current site and have been in talks with the city and county, with the next round of discussions coming next week.

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  • Just Fire Baby
  • Just Fire Baby

    Why would anyone consider just the base in deciding whether to restructure or cut any player?

    ********************************

    Because the base is what you are restructuring.

    Palmer, 7th highest base in the NFL AT ANY POSTION NEXT YEAR.

    http://www.spotrac.com/top-salaries/nfl/

  • Gdog

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    That 16th is ranking over the entire contract, factoring in his 825K last year bringing his average down to 10 million.

    >>>

    One day you are arguing he got all of his 2012 money up front(you were right) and now you are pretending he only got 825k of it?

    Jeesh… stop playing games!

  • DutchRaider77

    @DJ Johnny
    I view Veldheer as solid, Savage would be an awesome BACKUP Guard, wasn’t that impressed with Wiz at center (semi-solid, but not a strength), Briesel awful (If his injury was so bad, wouldn’t one of the backups be better?), and I would role with Barnes for one more year (He is the Carson Palmer of RT, solid, but craps the bed at key times).

  • RaiderDebo

    Charlie Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 8:57 am
    DJ

    Part of the problem is that today’s media creates way too much hype and in many cases does not even understand the game.

    The dream team you refer to was not the product of Andy Reid and was the beginning of his departure.
    Skill positions and overhyped FA’s recieve way too much ink and many fans actually believe the print. To your point, how a player performed elsewhere may have much more to do with the supporting cast they were part of than the player himself.
    Reid is a build through the draft type coach. The entire demise of Philadelphia began with Howie Roseman and had nothing to do with Reid.
    The chemistry you refer to is the Oline and Dline working as a unit with little regard to individual excellence.
    The name player FA approach is a low percenatge play for success. PLAYER HAVE TO MAKE PLAYS! Just because a player has a big contract does not mean he can compete.
    Many recent Raiders have proven that.

    Here is what really happened in Philly.

    AUTOPSY OF A COACHING SCAPEGOAT:
    On January 11, 2010, General Manager Tom Heckert was hired by the Cleveland Browns in the same role. He was replaced by Howie Roseman, who was promoted from Vice President of Player Personnel.

    2010 Win 10 Lose 6
    2011 Win 8 Lose 8
    2012 Win 4 Lose 12

    Philadelphia has signed a number of high-profile free agents over the past week (August 2011), including cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive linemen Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins, quarterback Vince Young, offensive lineman Evan Mathis and running back Ronnie Brown. Reid attributed that to a plan executed by team president Joe Banner and general manager Howie Roseman.

    Added rookie quarterback Nick Foles, “It is up to the players to make plays”.

    “The only thing that’s changed since then is that Reid, who also was fired on Monday, talked to the Chiefs for 9 hours on Wednesday and then began negotiating the terms of his hiring. It sure appears as Pioli read the tea leaves that this was going to be Reid’s show and decided it was best to move on. Now Reid can hire a de facto general manager – one former yes man, Tom Heckert, just got fired as GM in Cleveland – and go about his business the way he did for the most of his time with the Eagles.”

    Bottom line is “Howie” was put in as GM in 2010 and butted heads with Reid. “Howie’ tried the glitz and glam approach with HIS dream team concept and the rest is history. The organization has been in steady decline since and Reid had enough. Reid did not suddenly get stupid!

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Very good post.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 8:33 am
    The first glimpse of him was through the barbershop window, a 300-pound mountain wearing a ball cap, a sweatshirt, sweatpants that stopped midcalf and sneakers.

    **********************

    Wait, Jamarcus was wearing capri’s????
    $$$$$$$$$$$

    ROFL Chico.

  • Just Fire Baby

    One day you are arguing he got all of his 2012 money up front(you were right) and now you are pretending he only got 825k of it?

    *******************************

    I see you still haven’t grasped the difference between bonus and salary.

    His base salary was 825K because he transferred it to an upfront bonus.

    The stat you cited of 16th in the NFL was the average BASE of the contract.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Good morning Nation and Green Party.

  • The Big Banana

    Lol at the Russell comments. Good ole JaDrank, nice of him to come back and give us a few more laughs.

  • Gdog

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Why would anyone consider just the base in deciding whether to restructure or cut any player?

    ********************************

    Because the base is what you are restructuring.

    Palmer, 7th highest base in the NFL AT ANY POSTION NEXT YEAR.

    http://www.spotrac.com/top-salaries/nfl/

    >>>>

    Thats why he isn’t restructuring again. Get over it! I said it yesterday… if we restructure again it only insures he will be starting QB for an extra year! If you are so wishing our best player to be canned (why, who knows???) then you sure as hell better hope he doesn’t restructure! If we keep his contract as is we can dump him next year and only cost us 6.5 on the cap. If we restructure it would be more like 17 mill! (Unless CP is crazy enough to take a pay cut when he has the 16th highest salary overall)

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Eff this!!!

    Chico,

    Please stop arguing with the monkey. Is there anything else we can talk about? I’m so sick of reading posts trying to educate the ignorant monkey about business, CP, contracts, etc….

    Go to school monkey!!

  • DJ Johnny

    Dutch, Yeah Brisiel has to rank near the top of Reggie’s mistakes. It was his first big move too. The Bartell “mistake” would soon follow , and is Shawntae Spencer still alive?

    I understand Reggie had limitations but being a “rookie GM…gotta give him some slack” is not one of the breaks he should be afforded, when there were 7 other “rookie” GM’s in the league last yr. and none of them finished worse than what they inherited…except Reggie.

    He’s got to step it up this yr.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Effie Monkeys.

    Some of you monkeys are retarded.

  • jesusraiderjim

    I get the whole “stupid monkey” thing , but could someone tell me what a “titty monkey” is?

  • jesusraiderjim

    O
    Wouldn’t they be “mentally challenged monkeys”?

    We have evolved ya know.

  • Gdog

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    One day you are arguing he got all of his 2012 money up front(you were right) and now you are pretending he only got 825k of it?

    *******************************

    I see you still haven’t grasped the difference between bonus and salary.

    His base salary was 825K because he transferred it to an upfront bonus.

    The stat you cited of 16th in the NFL was the average BASE of the contract.
    >>>>>

    Please. They took the TOTAL VALUE of the contract and divided it by how long it is (Drew Brees has 100 mill divided by 5 years = 20k).

    CP came in 16th! Spin the rest all you wish!

    Plus the kicker is he has the lowest of the 16 that is GUARANTEED! Hence we can get out of it easier UNLESS WE RESTRUCTURE!!! So why are you banging your fists on the ground he needs to restructure if your dream is we get rid of him??

  • jesusraiderjim

    I went to San Diego zoo when I was a kid and I certainly do not remember seeing any ‘retarded effin titty monkeys”, I am sure I would have remebered.

  • hwnrdr

    LOL, at Titty Monkey…
    I don’t know…that’s an O thing…LOL

  • Just Fire Baby

    Thats why he isn’t restructuring again.

    ***************************

    Reeaaaaaaaaaaally?

    Care to wager?

  • DJ Johnny

    Jesusraiderjim Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 9:20 am
    I get the whole “stupid monkey” thing , but could someone tell me what a “titty monkey” is?

    It has something to do with Dennis Allen i think.

    It is the common perception he is possessed of the dubious and disturbing distinction of having “man boobs”.

    Then again..it could be something else they mean.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    LOL Jim.

    -Titty Monkey: a monkey with Tits aka as DA.

    -Saying mentally challenged is considered a compliment to some of these Retarded Monkeys.

    - you forgot about Turd Monkeys.

  • The Big Banana

    Titty monkey = tits combined with a moron. You’re welcome.

  • RaiderDebo

    guest123 Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 8:57 am
    I just read that piece by Monte Poole. That hometown barber isn’t doing Jamarcus any favors. He seems to validate his behavior coming up from a poor ghetto to anything he wanted. Like that’s normal and acceptable or even justifiable. Anyone would do what jamarcus did, right?

    I think it’s chicken schit of jamarcus to say “they took his manhood from him”. Who the hell is “they”?

    He still is not taking resposibility for his actions. Still a child in a mans body. His attempt at a comeback is a joke and real pros like Marshall Faulk and Jeff Garcia wont be able to make him grow up.

    Until he comes full circle to the fact he robbed the Oakland Raiders org and their fans of hope and a boat load of money, he can’t just pretend it didnt happen or some other circumstances led to it. The man is hopeless, immature baby and does not deserve a 2nd chance. he sold his own manhood, no one did that to him but himself.

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    STFU!! If I have to hear any more of this self-righteous drivel from the likes of you, I’m gonna vomit all over my screen! “Robbed the Raiders org”???? Get off the crack dude! He was the #1 pick overall as a QB! Are you getting that? #1 overall and a QB! That means you get paid. In other words, he EARNED that money the day he was drafted. Tends to happen when you have his talent and the career he had at LSU. Nobody put a gun to Al’s head and forced him to make that pick. And when you make that pick, you damn well better be prepared to pay the money and do everything possible to make sure you build the team around him so that he and the team can have success. Al didn’t do that and the rest is history. JR deserves some blame and he’s owned up to that. But he also deserves every fckin penny he was paid!. The venom he’s received from dmsht fans like you and the media is unwarranted. The comeback is gonna happen whether you like it or not, so get on board.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Fat Monkey: Cable

    Drunk Nudist Monkey: Chuck B

  • DutchRaider77

    @DJ Johnny
    Reggie and DA are on my watch list. I am still sipping the Kool-Aid. I kinda forgive him on the corner issue, he roled the dice on 3 one year contracts and none of the guys stepped up. Do you think Lee, Bartell and Spencer were worthy gambles and that a reasonable expectation was that one/two would have stepped up? Although I still don’t understand why Lee was released?

  • The Big Banana

    What I never understood is why we call them tits when man boobs are usually referred to as moobs. Are we saying DA has feminine qualities (besides the boobs)? Or does tits just have a better ring to it?

    Inquiring minds want to know so I propose this as the next topic of discussion.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    The Big Banana Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 9:27 am
    Titty monkey = tits combined with a moron. You’re welcome.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Excellent!
    LOL

  • guest123

    ya know the titty monkey talk is the perfect segway…

  • The Big Banana

    Moob monkey? Nah, you’re right, titty monkey sounds better.

  • guest123

    topic of the morning we need to research in depth brought to you by Raider O.

    “examining the titty monkey” in his natural habitat

  • Gdog

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Thats why he isn’t restructuring again.

    ***************************

    Reeaaaaaaaaaaally?

    Care to wager?

    >>>>

    Our bet was we would cut him, which I think you backed out of!

    I can see him restructuring before him getting cut! He might tear up the contract for a one year deal similar to Vicks to help the team with the cap. That makes sense. Restructuring normally (like he did last year) makes NO sense because all the guaranteed money starts doubling up…

  • http://goducks.com RaiderDuck

    RaiderDebo Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 9:29 am
    The comeback is gonna happen whether you like it or not, so get on board.

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

    I’ll believe it when someone actually signs him. So far…SQUAT. And he’s a UFA, so any team could sign him whenever they wanted to.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    DA is a biotch. Blotches have titties. DA is a titty monkey.

    Very simple.
    Monkeys 101.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Instead of massaging numbers into base pay, roster bonus, signing bonus, cap hit 3 years from now, etc. etc. etc., how about comparing how much money went into a given players personal checking account over a couple year period and no more than next season as in futures?
    Or would the amount they actually got paid not make for a fair comparison?
    Otherwise, like I said, we’re massaging the same numbers to support different opinions.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    shrek is a failure…why some of you comtinue to believe in this guy i dont know…

  • The Big Banana

    Lol, break it down, O!

  • Gdog

    guest123 Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    topic of the morning we need to research in depth brought to you by Raider O.

    “examining the titty monkey” in his natural habitat

    >>>>>

    He prefers the “titty monkey” banter to complicated salary cap discussion because it makes more sense to him.

    Obviously.

  • guest123

    I tried Reggie’s koolaid, it didn’t have a gram of sugar in it. I spit it out. I’ll watch someone else take a sip and see the reaction before reaching for my red solo cup of Reggies new batch. Till then, I’m not sipping, just watching.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    LOL Guest.

    You People…..

    What can I say? I like Monkeys.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Over the last two years thru’ to the end of next year, we all wind up with identical bags of different colored marbles.
    I point out there are 40 black ones. You say, but 20 of those black ones came last year, cause we agreed to take 30 red ones then and get the other 20 black marbles this year. The other gut says, yeah but the orginization wasn’t on the hook for those 30 red ones this year, which means…yada,yada,yada.
    We still got identical bags of marbles.

  • papertiger418

    Reggie’s koolaid is 100% pure Maple Syrup from IHOP

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    He prefers the “titty monkey” banter to complicated salary cap discussion because it makes more sense to him.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    It’s complicated for you just like the concept of sunk costs.
    Do you think it’s fair for the rest of us to read 50+ posts explaining the same idea/ concept just because you can’t understand it and you like to argue?

  • Gdog

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Instead of massaging numbers into base pay, roster bonus, signing bonus, cap hit 3 years from now, etc. etc. etc., how about comparing how much money went into a given players personal checking account over a couple year period and no more than next season as in futures?
    Or would the amount they actually got paid not make for a fair comparison?
    Otherwise, like I said, we’re massaging the same numbers to support different opinions.

    >>>

    Its more complicated than that because some players have straight contracts that have never been restructured (Brees, Peyton) and some (most) have contracts that were restructured that have salary converted for cap reasons.

    Its almost impossible…

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I stopped drinking the koolaid after Al died.
    RIP AL.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Our bet was we would cut him, which I think you backed out of!

    ************************

    That was not it, it was IF he was cut, I disagreed on the 3 teams you said would sign him.

    So does that not mean you won’t wager on if he is restructured?

    Cut or restructured, that is what will happen.

  • Gdog

    Raider O Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    He prefers the “titty monkey” banter to complicated salary cap discussion because it makes more sense to him.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    It’s complicated for you just like the concept of sunk costs.
    Do you think it’s fair for the rest of us to read 50+ posts explaining the same idea/ concept just because you can’t understand it and you like to argue?

    >>>>

    And how many posts are we going to read about “titty monkey” now, oh wise one?

  • Charlie

    You guys keep trying to comapare Reggie with other rookie GM’s.

    It is an irrelevant comparison.
    NO ONE IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL HAD THE BARRIERS THAT THE RAIDERS HAD WHEN REGGIE TOOK THE JOB!

    That is why Reggie and DA got 4 year deals and it is why we are in year 2 of a 3-5 year project.

    The Raiders lack player talent. Maybe we win 7 next year and yes, DA and Reggie will be back in 2014.
    No quick fix to this mess. NOT POSSIBLE!

    As of March 25, 2012, The Oakland Raiders held TWO SELECTIONS in the 2012 NFL Draft (a 5th and 6th round pick), which was just about a month away. The NFL awarded the Raiders three COMPENSATORY PICKS March 26. (A 3rd round 4th round and 5th round pick).

    “In 2010, Al Davis went all out for his football team in an uncapped year and spent the most money in the league at over $150 million in player salaries. THAT IS EASILY THE MOST MONEY EVER SPENT ON A TEAM IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL. One thing we know for sure is that Al Davis made his own bed here and whether that is good or bad, he must lie in it. At the other end of the spectrum are the Bengals, who have only $83.5 million in commitments for 2012. The Buccaneers, Titans, Redskins, and Broncos also are under $100 million.”

    “Reports are now coming out that the Raiders cap overshot is actually more like $30 million for 2012-nearly three times the original figure. Even at the original $11 million estimation, the Raiders had a lot of work to do. With this new figure, they go from pruning and trimming to SLASH AND BURN.”

    “The Raiders are making changes to their offensive staff. It may take a couple of years to dig themselves out of a terrible cap situation that this regime inherited.”

    “The 2012 roster purge was necessary to even lineup and play this year but no one should have fooled themselves into thinking it would mean immediate success. Not sure things will be any better this year.”

    “Going to be a slow process, but keeping Dennis Allen was right move.”

  • Charlie

    Dutch

    See my 4647 post.

    Spencer and Bartell were all we could afford given our cap situation.

    They were available BECAUSE THEY ARE INJURY PRONE!!!!!!!
    Most FA are available because of some problem.

    Talent x Durability x work ethic x knowledge = productivity
    When one of the variables on the left equals 0, productivity equals 0.

    The rookie cap offers teams much more protection for greater value. Meaning that the salary paid is more in line with the productivity that you get. Yes, the knowledge part of the equation is low with rookies but if the other three parts are in place you can have a long, productive career.

    Free agents are usually free for a reason. Either their salary demands are not consistent with their body of past work or there is a low evaluation of one of the variables on the left side of the above equation by the present employer.

    A guy like Gannon was a good pick up because the Chiefs had a surplus that year at QB and made the wrong choice keeping Grbac. Gannon also had not played much so his durability was good even at a relatively advanced age. Those situations are rare!
    Romo. Rice and Woodson also worked out well for a VERY SHORT TIME FRAME.

    You can only afford to build your core through the draft. You can pick up some niche pieces in the FA market but it needs to be done carefully and sparingly.

  • Gdog

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Our bet was we would cut him, which I think you backed out of!

    ************************

    That was not it, it was IF he was cut, I disagreed on the 3 teams you said would sign him.

    So does that not mean you won’t wager on if he is restructured?

    Cut or restructured, that is what will happen.

    >>>>

    I will bet straight up $100 he does not get cut. That is what I offered, and all I will offer.

    I can see CP restructuring non-traditionally to help the team with cap issues, because there is no other way he can help out with traditional restructuring. It would be a one year incentive based contract with lots of options that helps BOTH sides (I can imagine the Raiders having options to retain him if he leads us to the playoffs, fer instance.)

    So no, a restructure to a one year contract isn’t as wildly stupid as cutting him. Thats prolly what I would do if I were Reggie!

  • dr_robert

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    February 12th, 2013 at 9:37 am
    shrek is a failure…why some of you comtinue to believe in this guy i dont know…
    **********

    calling him a failure after one season shows ur ignorance.