Thursday, December 26, 2013
Raiders announce sellout vs. Broncos
By Paul Gutierrez
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders announced Thursday that Sunday’s season finale against the Denver Broncos is a sellout and, thus, a local television blackout will be lifted.
It makes the Raiders, who have lost five straight games and seven of eight, a perfect 8-for-8 in home sellouts this season as well as the Raiders avoiding blackouts less newsworthy.
Consider: Oakland (4-11) has now sold out 10 straight home games and 23 of its past 24 with this sellout against the AFC West champion Broncos (12-3), who are looking to clinch the AFC’s top seed with a victory. Plus, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has already established a single-season touchdown passing record with 51 TDs and is 266 yards away from breaking Drew Brees’ 2-year-old single-season passing record of 5,476 yards.
Plus, with 18 points, the Broncos will break the New England Patriots’ single-season scoring record of 589 points, set in 2007.
And for those keeping score at home, the Raiders will have now locally televised 72 home games, with 80 blackouts, since the team returned from Los Angeles in 1995 after 13 seasons down south. Since taking over ticket sales in 2006, the Raiders have sold out 43 of 64 home games.
The Raiders tarped off the top of Mt. Davis and four other sections of the original bowl this season to reduce stadium capacity by about 11,000 seats to 53,286.