Great news for Oakland Raiders fans!
According to CSNCalifornia.com, the team has decided to take advantage of the NFL’s new blackout policy, which allows teams to set their own individual threshold levels for blackouts.
Rather than the stadium having to be 100% sold out, Raiders games now only need to be 85% sold out to be shown on television. This means fans will likely see more games and will be more interested in the team, so it’s a win-win for everyone.
Of course, it would be better if there was no blackout rule, but this is a start.
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The Raiders join the Tampa Bay Bucs in taking advantage of the new policy. Several small-market teams — Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals — have opted not to take advantage of the new policy, pointing to a provision that requires home teams to give a higher percentage of ticket revenues to road teams for any revenues exceeding the blackout threshold.
We agree that the new policy is flawed and call upon the NFL to fix it immediately so more teams can take advantage of the new policy.
Teams have until tomorrow to announce their intentions, so it remains to be seen if others, like the Miami Dolphins, will opt in to the new policy. Here’s hoping!