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Rams Come Through, and Raiders Don't

January 11, 1986

The gods who look after football TV fans came through in fine style, defeating the miserable skinflint, Al Davis. Davis isn't satisfied with 88,936 people attending the game; he wants his pound of money-flesh of 92,000.

ED MARTIN

Los Angeles

According to Val Pinchbeck, NFL director of broadcasting, in order to lift the TV blackout of a game not sold out 72 hours in advance, both of the teams involved, plus the league, must agree to do so. To have assured a sellout the Raiders would have had to buy about 19,000 tickets, the number that were unsold at deadline time.

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