Oakland Raiders Slyly Will Try To Work Around TV Blackouts

Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; A San Diego Chargers fan (center) is pulled out of a scrum in the stands by security personnel during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Those sly little devils. The Oakland Raiders are going to tarp off seats at their beat-up stadium in order to help lift blackouts in the upcoming season. Now that is the way to beat the freaking system!

Now can the Chargers find a way to sellout games at our crusty old stadium? Firing Norv Turner and AJ Smith is a step in the right direction. Bring some hope for the coming season and we will fill those stands. Win some games. Get weapons on offense. Score points. All formulas to filling up those stands.

Topics: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers

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  • JoseSD

    It’s funny how raiders fans were talking shit about the Chargers blackouts but the Chargers didn’t do the new 85% rule, the Raiders did. And since returning to Oakland 55% of their home games have been blacked out. Now they’re tarping off sections of their stadium when the blackhole already has the second lowest seating capacity in league. That whole stadium is a shit hole and that doesn’t even include the first two months of the season that there’s a dirt patch taking half the field

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I remember when we had that dirt patch… It was the worst!

      I think high schools will hold more fans in their stadiums soon.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BCHLGRVGSXAOFGV5NAGC6MRXHU Gordo

    The Raiders have managed to sell out all of the games over the last two seasons but one. How did they do it? Well first of all they have a loyal fan base that with a few incentives was willing to buy out the remaining seats. This past year the Raiders enabled the NFL’s 85% rule so as to help accommodate more sell outs. And all but one game was sold out.
    Now with a difficult rebuild season in front of them they are taking the bull by the horns and tarping off the Ultra Nosebleed seats called Mt. Davis. Those seats were built as an enticement to lure the Raiders back to the Bay Area. If you have traveled up to Oakland for a Bolts game you might have sat up there and wondered why the air was so thin. Ha ha.
    But here in San Diego the fan base is transitional and very fickle. Visiting Teams usually host quite a few fans when they play here, especially Chicago, Denver, Packers and okay The Raiders. People move in and out of San Diego, the military economy, tourist economy, lots of community schools and a retirement community add up to a lot of people who are not from San Diego.
    I know, I know the Padres have a loyal fanatic audience. It’s shares a home town audience like many an Eastern City.
    But face it San Diego has lost many of promising sports team (see the NBA, Gulls etc) to the diverse transitional population of San Diego that would not support them.
    The Chargers were from LA originally, and how they staid this long no ones knows.
    Now they are htreatening to go back to LA?
    If the Chargers need to sell out they need to go to the 85% plan, so be it. Take a note from another struggling franchise on the rebuild and let people see the game on TV. That’s how you build a fan base back up.

    • arnie

      the Chargers offered group-ons, and posted on craigslist.

  • arnie

    it’s good they are trying to work around it. blackouts are a scam. the teams make more money from tv deals an advertising than they do on ticket sales. ticket sales are the lowest revenue stream.

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