August 25, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Fans in the Black Hole cheer during action between the Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Lions 31-20. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders-Cowboys Preseason Game Will be Blacked Out Locally


It is not uncommon to see preseason games fail to sell out, after all fans across the league are wise to the fact that first team players are likely only to get a select few snaps during opening week of the preseason and would rather save their hard earned money on tickets for the real season.

But that apathy at the box office leads to blackouts regionally and that is what will be the case on Friday for the Oakland Raiders 2013 opener against the Dallas Cowboys at O.co Coliseum. With the Black Hole projected to be half full on Friday night, the NFL is set to impose the blackout restriction on the Oakland area moving the preseason telecast to tape delay.

Fans outside of the Bay Area can find the game on NFL Network on Friday as the game is set to be live nationally on their programming guide for the weekend. The blackout restriction will sadly affect Oakland residents who have NFL Network, meaning fans will have to shovel up money for a ticket or watch the game on delay to find their preseason fix.

It is a shame the NFL’s blackout policy affects the preseason where ticket prices are not much lower than prices for the regular season, at least not enough to justify spending money on two preseason games as opposed to picking up an extra regular season ticket later in the year. At the moment NFL games that do not sell out are not shown locally, including preseason games. Raider Nation will have to deal with that on Friday as the homebase will have to either go see the game live or be left in the dark until the NFL allows local markets to air their tape delay telecasts.

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  • holy roller

    The nfl is going to become the not for long leauge by continuing to shiite on the fans. Practice is practice, you ought not have to pay for it……the leauge needs someone like Chalie Finley or Big Al to be more forward thinking ….FAT CHANCE!
    Oh well, being 230 some odd miles away, I’ll watch it on the nfl channel….

  • Glenn

    Typical NFL nonsense. Want the fans to come out? Show them what they are missing.

  • Silvia Arredondo

    Is the 209 considered local? Because I am an hour and a half away from the bay and it is going to be on KQCA 58

  • Omar

    I am in San Antonio, TX and the game is blacked out.

  • Tyler Blake Echols

    Wow NFL….just wow…..that is ridiculous!!! Finally found the game…..its already
    freakin half tim!!!

  • Jim Seybert

    When did area code 702, Las Vegas, NV become considered Bay Area? Sadly the NFL Network blacked it out for us as well. No idea why..

  • Jim Seybert

    This makes no sense. It is blacked out west of the Mississippi?