Lions, Raiders Blacked Out on Sunday
As of Wednesday, the Lions had more than 10,000 tickets still available for Sunday's game against Washington -- Detroit narrowly avoided being blacked out last week, selling its final 1,700 tickets after the NFL allotted an additional 24-hour window. Oakland received a similar extension in Week 1 for its game versus San Diego and also reached a sellout in time.
"It is on us because it's our job to win," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said about Detroit's game being taken off the air in a 75-mile radius. "It's our job to get fans excited and to give them a reason to come to the game. And when we do that, we won't have to worry about blackouts or sellouts or anything else."
The Lions had sold out every game at Ford Field after its opening in 2002 until midway through last year. This Sunday will be the sixth time in the last eight games that Detroit has been under blackout.
Oakland, meanwhile, has had two games blacked out each season since taking over ticket sales from Alameda County before the 2006 season. This marks the first division game blacked out during that time.
- Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.