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Lobbying group creates petition to end TV blackouts

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Lobbying group creates petition to end TV blackouts

The Sports Fan Coalition, founded in 2009 to lobby for the end of television blackouts, has created a website petition for the Federal Communications Commission to review the blackout rule.While both Bay Area football teams sold out every home game last season, avoiding local TV blackouts, the Raiders have had problems with selling out in the past. This past season maked the first time since the team returned to Oakland after 13 seasons in Los Angeles that all eight home games were sold out.The website that includes the petition offers fans the opportunity to tell the FCC to end blackouts:"The Sports Blackout Rule prevents fans from seeing a home game when the local stadium doesn't sell out. Specifically, it says that if the league tells a local broadcaster to black out a game because tickets didn't sell out, fans are not allowed to watch that game any other way. The leagues think this will get people to buy more tickets, but as we fans know, ticket prices are way too high for many to afford, especially in these tough economic times. It's unethical and counterproductive. "We finally have a real chance to do something about it. The FCC has agreed to reconsider the outdated, anti-fan sports blackout rule. This opportunity for sports fans to be heard at such a high level of our government is very rare, so we need to rise to the occasion!"
To add your name to the online petition, visit endblackouts.com.

Raiders sign second-rounder Melifonwu, leaving one draft pick unsigned

Raiders sign second-rounder Melifonwu, leaving one draft pick unsigned

Obi Melifonwu entered Wednesday as the only second-round draft pick without a signed rookie contract. Later that afternoon, he joined the group.

The safety from UConn put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Napa Valley Marriott, allowing him to join pre-training camp activities. Veterans report on Friday and camp’s first full-squad practice starts Saturday morning.

The pact took longer than the Raiders or Melifonwu had hoped. There's little room for fiscal movement in the rookie wage scale, but some contract language had to be hashed out before shaking hands.

Melifonwu is slotted to make $4,509,376 over the life of the contract, with a $1,419,544 signing bonus and a $819,886 base salary in 2017, per overthecap.com.

The Raiders have one draft pick left unsigned. First-round cornerback Gareon Conley hasn’t agreed on a deal, though it’s still likely that happens before the first full practice.

The Ohio State alum’s situation could be complicated by an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault allegation stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland.

Head coach Jack Del Rio said in a Tuesday radio interview he expected unsigned rookie contract issues to be resolved soon.

The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion

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The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion

Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.

Okay, not really.

But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.

He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.

"That's 1 of the many reasons why I gots mad love for @derekcarrqb he is the #Truth," Sanders wrote in a quote tweet.

Carr has yet to respond.