Friday, November 22, 2013
Raiders avoid blackout vs. Titans
By Paul Gutierrez
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders are now six-for-six in sellouts this season as the team announced Friday, a day after receiving an extension, that Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans had sold enough tickets to lift a local television blackout.
The Raiders (4-6) have sold out eight straight home games and 21 of their past 22 with this sellout against the Titans (4-6) as both teams currently occupy the No. 8 and 9 seeds in the six-team playoff field.
It will be undrafted rookie quarterback Matt McGloin’s regular-season debut at home, and former Raiders running back Bo Jackson will light the Al Davis Torch.
With this game, the Raiders will have televised locally 70 home games, with 80 blackouts, since returning to Oakland in 1995 after 13 seasons in Los Angeles. And since taking over ticket sales in 2006, they have sold out 41 of 62 home games.
The Raiders reduced the O.co Coliseum capacity by about 11,000 seats this season by tarping off the top of Mt. Davis and four other sections in the original bowl of the stadium.