Raiders Blog and Q&A

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September 16, 2010
Explaining Sunday's Raiders-Rams blackout

As you've no doubt heard by now, Sunday's home opener against the St. Louis Rams did not sell out by today's 1:05 p.m. deadline and thus, will be blacked out on television locally.

That the Raiders did not request an extension to the 72-hour deadline shows how far from a sellout they were. It is the first home opener to be blacked out since 2004, when Buffalo came to the East Bay.

So, for those of you keeping score at home, this is the 77th black out in 121 home games (63.6%), and the eighth straight, since the team returned to Oakland in 1995, after 13 seasons in Los Angeles.

And if you're still confused why Sacramento is blacked out, I've re-posted and tweaked a Blog from last September:

Still confused as to why Sacramento is blacked out from the Raiders' game Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, even though Sac Town's city limits are more than the 75-mile radius from the Oakland Coliseum?

So was I, until I emailed NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, who wrote:

"Any television station's signal that penetrates a 75-mile radius around the stadium is blacked out if the game is not sold out 72 hours in advance (or by the deadline if it is extended). That has been the longstanding procedure."

Meaning, because Sacramento's Fox affiliate, KTXL Channel 40, has a signal that reaches within 75 miles of the Coliseum, that affiliate is blacked out on such an occasion.

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More Thursday nuggets later, as well as announcements from the Raiders' game-day experience for fans.

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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