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Raiders adopt 85 percent threshold for home ticket sales

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Raiders adopt 85 percent threshold for home ticket sales

NAPA -- The Raiders sold out every home game last season for the first time since returning to Oakland in 1995 and thus, there were no local television blackouts.That trend should continue in 2012 as the Raiders have agreed to the 85 percent threshold option to televise games in their local market, CSNCalifornia.com has learned.
As such, the Raiders merely have to sell 85 percent of their tickets to home games to ensure no blackout. The Coliseum's current listed capacity is 63,132, the second-smallest in the NFL, ahead only of the Chicago Bears' Soldier Field and its 61,500.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy recently told NFL.com that lowering the threshold affects how revenue is shared."More revenue than usual will be shared with the visiting clubs for tickets sold above that base number," McCarthy said."It's optional if clubs want to do this and would only affect a few teams. Last year, one 6 percent of games were blacked out in a local market. This figure is down significantly from 15 to 20 years ago when 25 to 30 percent of games were routinely blacked out."The Raiders have had 57 televised home games and 79 blackouts the past 17 seasons.Plus, while average game attendance in the NFL as a whole is down 4.5 percent since 2007, according to the Wall Street Journal, the Raiders' attendance has gone up the past two seasons.In 2009, Oakland averaged 44,284, which was the lowest since the team returned after 13 seasons in Los Angeles. In 2010, the Raiders averaged 46,431 and last season, they averaged 59,242, their third-highest average home crowd in 12 years.Only the average crowds of 62,130 in 1999, when every home game was blacked out, and 60,636 in the Super Bowl season of 2002 have been higher.The Raiders took over their own ticket sales in 2006.

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.