Bears-Raiders preseason game blacked out in Oakland

Bears-Raiders preseason game blacked out in Oakland
August 22, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Scott Krinch

Due to the NFL's policy, the Bears-Raiders preseason game Friday night in Oakland will be blacked out locally.

The league instilled a new policy in 2012 stating that teams have the option of selling 85 percent of game tickets to avoid a blackout in their local market. Before the rule change, teams had to sellout games or receive an exception for the game to be televised locally. 

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The game will be shown on a tape delay starting at 10:00 p.m. in Oakland and will be available live on radio. 

Preseason games are no stranger to being blacked out, but could you imagine a Bears game - even exhibition - not getting sold out? What would you do if that ever happened in Chicago?

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It's probably something fans will never have to worry about with the Bears in the midst of a 234-game sellout streak, which puts them at 17th overall throughout the four major sports in the United States.