ALAMEDA, Calif. -- For the first time this season the Oakland Raiders have requested and received an extension from the NFL to sell out a home game to avoid a local television blackout.
The Raiders (4-6) play host to the Tennessee Titans (4-6) on Sunday and have not had a blackout since last year’s game Dec. 2 against the Cleveland Browns, giving Oakland a streak of seven straight home sellouts and 20 in 21 games.
Most extensions result in a sellout, though.
Former Raiders running back Bo Jackson will light the Al David Torch in a pregame ceremony.
Since returning to Oakland in 1995 after 13 seasons in Los Angeles, the Raiders have televised 69 home games locally and endured 80 blackouts, with 40 sellouts in 61 home games since taking over their own ticket sales in 2006.
Oakland reduced the O.co Coliseum’s capacity this season by about 11,000 seats by tarping off seats atop Mt. Davis as well as a few other sections in the original bowl of the stadium.