Raiders sell out, avoid TV blackout

September 22, 2011, 7:13 pm
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The Raiders met the NFL-mandated 72-hour deadline and announced that Sunday's home opener against the New York Jets at the Coliseum is a sellout, meaning it will be televised locally.It's a cause for celebration among area Raiders fans unable to make it to the stadium for the game."That's exciting," quarterback Jason Campbell said, anticipating a sold-out crowd. "I think our fans respect the way that we are playing. Its not like we lost last week because we didn't show up. We showed up and played hard. Buffalo just kind of caught fire at the end."(Our fans) understand we're laying it all on the line for them. We're trying to do everything we can to get this program turned around and get it going in the right direction. It's not a short process, but we're going to do everything we possibly can to keep this thing going in the right direction."Entering this season, the Raiders had to black out 14 of their previous 15 home games, only selling out the Nov. 7 game against Kansas City last season. Before that, it was the 2009 season opener against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. In fact, since the team returned to Oakland from a 13-season sojourn in Los Angeles in 1995, the Raiders have been blacked out locally 83 times in 129 games, or 64.3 percent of the time.