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Oakland Raiders reportedly lower blackout threshold

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The Oakland Raiders will be one of the few teams to change their blackout threshold as allowed by new NFL rules, according to a report from Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's Paul Gutierrez.

A source tells Gutierrez that the Raiders only have to sell 85 percent of their tickets to home games to ensure no local blackout. It's welcome news for members of Raider Nation who live close by. More than half of all Raiders games in the past 17 years have been blacked out.

Most teams have decided not to take advantage of this rule for a few reasons. The lower number means that the home team has to share more revenue with visiting teams. In theory, blackouts also encourage fans to buy tickets.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only team to publicly state they are adopting the 85 percent threshold for blackouts. Many more teams at risk for blackouts have said they will not change their policy from previous years.

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