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On Saturday, the New Orleans Saints clobbered the Oakland Raiders 45 to 7, and it could have been worse were it not for one dropped pass in the end zone in the second quarter. One item of good news is that only 32,585 people saw the beating at the Oakland Coliseum. But the bad news is that only 32,585 people saw the beating at the Oakland Coliseum, and that causes me to ask this question:
Will the Oakland Raiders' Monday Night Game against the Chargers fail to sell out thus preventing the Bay Area from seeing the game?
The Bay Area economy is in terrible shape and it seems with all of the plant closures, the Raiders blue collar fan base is being harmed. The Washington Post reports that NFL sources point to the Raiders as one of the teams that could have problems selling tickets this year. Now, the Bay Area's unemployment is at nearly 10 percent, with rates over 9 percent in San Jose and the East Bay, the seat of the Raider Nation.
On top of that, the Raiders have not had a winning season since 2002, when they went to the Super Bowl in 2003 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There's no sign that the Raiders are going to change that state of affairs this year, especially when one looks at their terrible defensive scheme. Personally, I would pray for a 9 win and 7 loss performance, but I think something like 6 and 10 is more likely.
Will the Raiders drop ticket prices at the last minute before the season to try and boost ticket sales and avoid game blackouts? Installing some kind of sales system is logical, but as we've seen before with the terribly considered surcharge, logic doesn't appears to play in the planning of and marketing of events at the Oakland Coliseum.
My advice? Get a satellite tv service.
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