Raiders avoid local blackout Sunday

Fans in the Black Hole cheer during action between the Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum.

There was some concern after the 0-2 for the Raiders and the terrible showing in Miami lasts week that the team would not meet the minimum requirement for tickets sold and therefore be blacked out locally. The deadline of noon today passed, and the Raiders have announced they will be televised the local market.

The Raiders adopted the NFL's optional 85% rule this year which means they need only sell out 85% of O.co Coliseum by the noon Thursday deadline. They met that requirement but are not officially sold out which means there are still tickets available for those wishing to attend.

The Raiders sold out every game last season and had sold out the Monday Night opener versus the San Diego Chargers as well. The team expects most if not all of the remaining tickets to sell by game time Sunday so we should see a packed house when the old rival Pittsburgh Steelers come to town.

The game will be televised on CBS 5 in the Bay Area and DirecTV channel 713.

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