The blackout rule forced teams like the Raiders to sell out their games by Friday in order for it to be on TV locally. Realistically, teams only had to sell 85 percent of their tickets to avoid the blackout.
Oakland hasn’t had to worry about the blackout rule as of late despite producing poor records on the season. The Raiders have currently gone 16-straight games since they were last blacked out locally.
The rule change means that the Mark Davis and the Raiders could indeed take the tarps off of Mt. Davis in order to sell more tickets, but that still remains to be seen.
The NFL can, and likely will, take a look at the rule again after the 2015 season.