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Carson Palmer Contract Drama, Stadium Issues Haunt Raiders

Today the Raiders made an announcement that should have East Bay residents nervous. The team is effectively going to Plan Z in hopes of keeping the team rooted in Oakland. As of now the Coliseum will feature the smallest seating capacity of any NFL franchise. If this team can’t sellout with any consistency next season we’ll know there is very real possibility of a return to Los Angeles if not a move of some sort out of their natural home.

Of course if the team wants to turn more of a profit they could begin by slashing most if not all of Carson Palmer’s ridiculous $13-million payday coming in 2013. In recent days there has been plenty of speculation on CP3’s future after one and a half disappointing seasons in Silver and Black.

No way Reggie McKenzie is going to cough up that much cash when the team could be just as bad with Terrelle Pryor or even Richard Pryor playing QB.

Basically Palmer is either going to have to take a pay cut or take a hike.

That’s just one of many topics sure to be discussed here on JBB and throughout Raider Nation in the coming months as this transition period languishes into what could be another lost season.

Hate to be the guy handling his business in your Cheerios after a downing a case of Racer 5 but the signs are not encouraging. If the Raiders believe their best chance at keeping the team on local TV in the coming year is to lower the bar on ticket sales then that about says all we need to know about the forecast for the team.

I highly doubt there are very many business models out there that recommend offering less access to an inferior product in hopes of increasing sales. If that were the case Coors Light would be sold in quantities of four only.

I know…I know…the Raiders are just trying to ensure more people can watch the games in the local market. I get why that helps in terms of ad sales and marketing.

What I don’t get is why offer less ticketing to one of the most loyal and supportive fan bases in football. Maybe Amy Trask can’t stomach watching Palmer play for free so she knows asking people to pay for it is just cruel.

No disrespect to Palmer but JaMarcus Russell could have easily led this team to 4 wins while also throwing costly interceptions in the clutch. Of course Russell had a bloated contract too as do Tommy Kelly and Darrius Heyward-Bey. Those are two more names rumored to be on the chopping block in addition to Palmer.

I guess this cleaning process is just going to have to play itself out so in some regards the Raiders are doing their fans a favor. This past season revealed how much work there is to be done until there are any realistic hopes of putting a product on the field worth selling tickets in Mount Davis for. That’s sad when you think of the positive vibes resurrected during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

But this is what happens when sports and business intersect. McKenzie is in a tight spot and Trask has utilized every option possible to keep the fan base happy while the actual product itself improves…hopefully. If these tactics backfire then the last resort is playing in a Wal-Mart parking lot and allowing one lucky fan a week to suit up on Sunday. I’m guessing Goodell would love that.

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