Raiders join Bucs in taking blackout option

A Lower-case t.o.? Terrell Owens, who last played Arena Football, said he will try to blend in, not stand out, with Seattle.

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A Lower-case t.o.? Terrell Owens, who last played Arena Football, said he will try to blend in, not stand out, with Seattle.

When it comes to lowering the bar for "sellouts," the Buccaneers are not alone anymore.

The Raiders, who sold out every home game last season under the NFL's previous blackout rules, have adopted the league's new 85 percent threshold option to televise games in their local market, CSNCalifornia.com reported Thursday. Oakland joins the Bucs as the only teams known publicly to have agreed to the option.

The Raiders' Coliseum has a listed capacity is 63,132, the second-smallest in the NFL, ahead only of the Bears' Soldier Field (61,500).

In July, Tampa Bay agreed to allow games to be shown on local television if at least 85 percent of general-admission seats at Raymond James Stadium are sold 72 hours before kickoff. Previously, the NFL required all general-admission seating be sold out in order for games to be televised. Thirteen of 15 home games played in Tampa during the past two seasons weren't sellouts and, as a result, weren't televised locally.

The move makes it easier to avoid blackouts but stands to cost teams money. Under the lower threshold rule, half of the revenue from every ticket sold after meeting the threshold will go to the visiting team as opposed to 34 cents on each dollar if teams keep the threshold at 100 percent.

More Raiders: Running back Mike Goodson sat out practice with soreness a day after being hospitalized with a neck injury from a hit in camp. The team doesn't consider the injury serious, but it has no timetable for his return.

Reid back with Eagles: Coach Andy Reid returned to practice a day after his 29-year-old son's funeral and will coach tonight's preseason opener, saying it's "the right thing to do."

Garrett Reid was found dead Sunday in his dorm room at Lehigh University, where he was assisting the strength coach during camp. He was a recovering drug addict, and his father indicated there may have been a relapse. An official cause of death hasn't been determined.

"You feel the strength of the team," Reid said when asked why he came back so soon. "I felt it with my family the past couple of days, and I feel it with the team. I'm a football coach, that's what I do, and I know my son wouldn't want it any other way."

T.O.'s return: Receiver Terrell Owens, 38, returned to an NFL practice field for the first time since late in the 2010 season and worked with the Seahawks' No. 2 offense. He caught a long pass down the sideline during a team drill, but there were also times he couldn't break loose of a cornerback and got a face mask full of grass. Through it all, Owens said he was happy to be back. "It's all about for me now being part of something rather than being the center of something. … I have changed in a lot of ways," he said.

Surgery for Browns RB? Running back Trent Richardson, the third pick in April's draft, is tentatively scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery today to fix loose cartilage causing pain in his left knee, ESPN.com reported. Richardson will see specialist Dr. James Andrews, who operated on the former Alabama star in high school and in February, and the back could return before the season opener, according to the report.

Suspension for ex-Gator? Browns cornerback and former Gator Joe Haden could face a four-game suspension for a failed drug test, according to CBSSports.com and ESPN.com. The NFL is reportedly reviewing an offseason drug test that came back positive for adderall.

Miffed Titan: On the same day receiver Kenny Britt said he will take whatever punishment the NFL dishes out for his DUI arrest in July, he lashed out at the team on social media for fining him $9,915 earlier in the day. According to reports, Britt used his Instagram account to post a photo of the fine sheet for missing a rehab workout, adding a message that included obscenities and "Walk back to dis..Don't dey know I have kids." The team had no comment.

Tebow burns blitz again: Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow took two snaps with the first team and threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Turner on one of them. Tebow avoided blitzing linebacker Bart Scott, then got off the pass against a defense that looked similar to when, as a Bronco, Tebow beat the Jets with a rushing TD. After a couple of days of fighting in camp, the practice was trouble-free. Coach Rex Ryan said the starters will play "a quarter or so" Friday, while Tebow could play about two quarters against the Bengals.

Female official: Shannon Eastin, who has officiated games for 16 years, including four in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will become the NFL's first female line judge tonight when the Packers and Chargers play an exhibition. The appearance comes as the NFL's regular officials are involved in a lockout. "And there are more coming, by the way," commissioner Roger Goodell said.

Bears: Former defensive end Alex Brown will sign a one-day contract and officially retire as a member of the Bears. The former Gators All-American, fourth on Chicago's career sacks list (43½), will be recognized at tonight's game against Denver.

Giants: Cornerback Terrell Thomas, who aggravated the surgically repaired ACL in his right knee, said he will need three to eight weeks before he can get back on the field.

Vikings: The team will evaluate running back Adrian Peterson's left knee this weekend in hopes of getting him carries next week.

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

East W L T Pct PF PA

Buffalo 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Miami 0 0 0 .000 0 0

New England 0 0 0 .000 0 0

N.Y. Jets 0 0 0 .000 0 0

South W L T Pct PF PA

Houston 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Indianapolis 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Jacksonville 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Tennessee 0 0 0 .000 0 0

North W L T Pct PF PA

Baltimore 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Cincinnati 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Cleveland 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Pittsburgh 0 0 0 .000 0 0

West W L T Pct PF PA

Denver 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Kansas City 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Oakland 0 0 0 .000 0 0

San Diego 0 0 0 .000 0 0

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

East W L T Pct PF PA

Dallas 0 0 0 .000 0 0

N.Y. Giants 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Philadelphia 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Washington 0 0 0 .000 0 0

South W L T Pct PF PA

New Orleans 1 0 0 1.000 17 10

Atlanta 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Carolina 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Tampa Bay 0 0 0 .000 0 0

North W L T Pct PF PA

Chicago 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Detroit 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Green Bay 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Minnesota 0 0 0 .000 0 0

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San Francisco 0 0 0 .000 0 0

Seattle 0 0 0 .000 0 0

St. Louis 0 0 0 .000 0 0

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Today

Washington at Buffalo, 7

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30

Baltimore at Atlanta, 7:30

New Orleans at New England, 7:30

Green Bay at San Diego, 8

Denver at Chicago, 8:30

Friday

Tampa Bay at Miami, 7:30

N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati, 7:30

N.Y. Giants at Jacksonville, 7:30

Cleveland at Detroit, 7:30

Arizona at Kansas City, 8

Minnesota at San Francisco, 9

Saturday

Houston at Carolina, 7

Tennessee at Seattle, 10

Sunday

St. Louis at Indianapolis, 1:30

Monday

Dallas at Oakland, 8

Raiders join Bucs in taking blackout option 08/09/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 9, 2012 1:18am]

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