Let's just tell it like it is. Al Davis is responsible for blacked out local broadcasts of the Oakland Raiders. His bad personnel decisions, poor leadership of the franchise, irresponsible and senseless overpayment of mediocre players over the last several years have all led to
a) an exodus of casual fans unwilling to spend the money on tickets
b) a hefty plummet in season ticket renewals
c) sponsorships pulling out
When home games are blacked out regularly it deteriorates the local fanbase's willingness to pay attention.
I'm not referring to the tailgaters by the way. Tailgaters are addicted to tailgating. That's their passion. They plan, they wake up ridiculously early and sit in the parking lot until game time. Those fans and the Halloween, low end ticket payers in the black hole measure up maybe (maybe) 1/4 of the expected crowd necessary to avoid a blackout.
The current win streak stands at two. The team has a chance to beat the division leader and stake a claim to be the front runners to actually win the division. Playoffs are suddenly not so funny a topic to raise.
A big win may go a long way to regaining some fan trust but will they spend the money to buy tickets for the next home game? A two for one ticket fire sale this week may close the gap and ultimately sell out the coliseum for the Chiefs game (if Al buys the remaining nosebleed seats no one wants at face value). This would be a step in the right direction.
I won't hedge my bets just yet but at the least, I expect fan confidence to improve if the team shreds Kansas City.