If the pre-season is any indication of what’s going to happen in the regular season, brace yourself, Raiders fans. You might not see a single home game on TV all season.
Last week, the Raiders played their final tuneup pre-season game against the Seattle Seahawks in the Coliseum with an attendance record of just 23,957. It’s not a typo. The figure was based on the total number of tickets sold, and not people that were actually seated in the stadium.
This picture tells it all.
The 23,957 figure might just be the Raiders season tickets base. Buying a Raiders season ticket requires buying all 8 home games plus 2 pre-season games at full price no less.
The Raiders have only sold out 44 out of the 120 games since returning to Oakland in 1995. With the economy tanking, don’t expect Raiders fans to buck that trend. It could possibly be 44 out of 128 games by end of season.
The word on the street indicate that NFL other teams are struggling to fill up their stadiums as well. Arizona, Cincinnati and San Diego are expecting blackouts.
For Raiders fans, blackouts are the norm, but not seeing a single home game on TV all season could be a first. But, who cares anyways, if you have the NFL Redzone.