Thursday, November 5, 2009
By Bill Williamson
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
The National Organization for Women is calling for Oakland head coach Tom Cable to be suspended while the team investigates abuse allegations.
This ratchets up the pressure on both the Raiders and the NFL to do something about this. Both the team and league are reviewing the allegations. But as long as the court of public opinion chimes in, this story will not go away.
Greg Garber has an excellent piece on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ attendance woes on ESPN.com. If you look at it, the Raiders aren’t much better off.
The Jaguars have suffered four blackouts this season and they are averaging 45,000-plus fans a game. In three of their four home games, Oakland has been blacked out. The Raiders sold out their opener, but have had fewer than 46,000 fans for their other home games, including a crowd of 38,000-plus in their last home game.
Because of the Raiders’ poor record, there is a chance the team will have to deal with a local television blackout for the rest of the season. The Raiders have a solid fan base and they likely won’t leave Oakland again, but the Raiders aren’t in much better shape than the Jaguars are as far as attendance goes.
There is talk that former Baltimore coach Brian Billick could end up in Oakland next season if there is a coaching change. If Oakland could get a coach of the caliber and experience of Billick, it needs to jump at the chance. I think Billick may get a better offer, though.