Raider Nation and the NFL Network don’t have the best of relationships.
Long criticized for being “Raider Haters” by the Black Hole as well as by this blog, the NFL Network has not helped themselves this summer as former Raider Akbar Gbaja-Biamila blasted Oakland on NFL Am, calling his former team “pushovers.”
Then Oakland was ignored during the NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp, a show pegged to cover all 32 NFL training camps. Raiders camp in Napa has yet to be featured on the show since they started on July 25, leading many Raider fans to complain about the lack of attention.
— Natalie Svider (@TheSveed) July 29, 2013
— David Pacileo (@DavidPacileo) July 29, 2013
It appears that someone at the NFL Network has noticed the complaints of Raider Nation as the 24/7/365 NFL channel has finally decided to throw Raider fans a bone and give them a little bit of attention in between the usual dose of Cowboys, Jets, and Tebow talk that fills their airwaves.
NFL Network’s Charlie Casserly was sent down to Napa to report on Oakland’s camp so far and give the team a little bit of facetime on Monday according to reports surfacing from Twitter.
— Raiders Beat (@RaidersBeat) July 29, 2013
Oakland doesn’t exactly get the most media attention because of their status as a perceived non-contender, but with plenty of position battles to choose from and a convenient location with an abundance of practices in the area there is no excuse that the Raiders should be getting the short end of the coverage stick.
Fans can count on seeing a Raiders bullet today on the Network and some first live looks on Inside Training Camp, but don’t expect it on a consistent basis as the NFL Network continues its mission to give you as little Raiders news as possible.