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
The NFL’s local “Blackout Rule” is a rule that has affected the Oakland Raiders in recent years as a decade of losing seasons has led to more than a few local blackouts of Raiders games in the past, and with a push to get rid of the rule underway the league has started a new campaign to keep the rule in place according to ProFootballTalk.
The league’s current blackout rules only apply to 85% of “Non-Premium” seats, so the NFL’s argument that the blackout rule will threaten full stadiums is a bit of a stretch. While it does prevent fans from opting to sit at home and watch the game on free television rather than support the team with money at the gate, the rule has shown time after time that it doesn’t guarantee a full stadium on Sundays. Whether the rule stays or not is an answer nobody knows, but the NFL’s fight to ensure fans can’t watch their local team at home without the stadium being filled to a certain capacity isn’t going away anytime soon.