Raiders avoid blackout, game to be televised

November 16, 2012, 1:30 am
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The Raiders' home game against New Orleans on Sunday will be televised on local television, the Raiders announced Thursday afternoon.It is the first time in three home games the Raiders have not requested an extension to sell enough tickets to avoid a local TV blackout as Oakland requested and received extensions for games against Jacksonville and Tampa Bay.The Raiders, riding a two-game losing streak in which the have been outscored by a cumulative 97-52, are 3-6 while the Saints, who began the season 0-4, are 4-5.Oakland, this summer, took advantage of the league's new 85 percent threshold rule, so they do not have to sell out every seat in Coliseum, the second-smallest listed capacity in the NFL at 63,132, to televise a game locally.The Raiders now boast 13 straight non-blacked out games, dating to the 2011 home opener, with 62 televised home games and 79 blackouts since returning in 1995 from 13 seasons in Los Angeles.Sunday's game is being broadcast by Fox, with Dick Stockton and John Lynch in the booth and Jennifer Hale as the sideline reporter. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT.