Raiders avoid blackout, game to be televised

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Raiders avoid blackout, game to be televised

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 O.co 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.

After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

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After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

Marshawn Lynch first tasted Cassie Nickelson's food when he was nine years old while she catered out of her Oakland apartment.

"When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries. 25-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger," Nickelson said to KTVU.

Lynch, 31, is now set to take over Nickelson's popular soul-food restaurant, Scend's Restaurant and Bar, in Emeryville. Nickelson, 79, will be retiring in August. 

"I'm comfortable with him and I like him," Nickelson said.

Lynch will not become the official owner until the liquor license changes hands. Scend's, an acronym for Nickelson's children and grandchildren, is known for its seafood, fried chicken and red beans. 

Father of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie passes away

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Father of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie passes away

Raider Nation is grieving on Monday.

The father of general manager Reggie McKenzie passed away recently, and the franchise issued the following statement:

"The Raiders family is saddened by the passing of Sam McKenzie Jr., father of Reggie and Raleigh McKenzie. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with the McKenzie family."

No additional information is known at this time.