ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders' home opener against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday will be blacked out on local television because the team didn't sell out the game in time.
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Games need to be sold out 72 hours before kickoff to avoid a blackout in a 75-mile radius. This will be the Raiders' first home opener since 2004 against the Buffalo Bills that will be blacked out locally.
The Raiders haven't sold out a game since last year's season opener against the San Diego Chargers. Oakland has had eight consecutive blackouts since that game.
The Raiders have had 76 of 120 regular-season home games blacked out since moving back to Oakland from Los Angeles in the 1995 season.
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