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Silver & Blackout TV: Why Fresno Can't See Derek Carr in Preseason
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 6 years ago on
August 17, 2018

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For the second year in a row, Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders will be mostly invisible to Fresno viewers. That is because no TV station in the Fresno market carries Oakland’s preseason games.
Unlike the regular season when games are solely produced and broadcast by one of five national networks (Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network), preseason games, for the most part, are produced and syndicated by the individual teams.
The Raiders say NFL rules prevent them from airing local games in Fresno (the last time they aired locally was in 2016).
“The NFL allows teams to be in certain markets only up to a threshold. The Raiders exceed that threshold with the markets that the team is broadcast within, and therefore had to eliminate Fresno,” team spokesman Will Kiss said.
Other NFL team and local TV executives told GV Wire the same thing. But under scrutiny, there are inconsistencies.

Raiders in Honolulu, Not Fresno

Website 506Sports tracks which NFL games air in which markets. For the Raiders preseason games, they only air in the Bay Area, Sacramento, Las Vegas, and Honolulu. Some local TV executives say that when the Raiders announced their move to Las Vegas (by 2020), they added Las Vegas to the network, bumping Fresno.
In the Fresno TV market, fans can watch locally-produced games from California’s other teams: 49ers, Rams, and Chargers.
The Rams are seen in 10 different markets, including Los Angeles, Fresno, and Las Vegas. The 49ers air games in the same four markets as the Raiders, plus 10 more.
The NFL didn’t respond to GV Wire’s request for comment.

No Matt Millen, But Carr Still on TV

There is somewhat of a silver-and-black lining. The NFL Network carries all the preseason games, either live or tape delay.
And, because the Raiders play the Rams on Saturday (Aug. 18) at 1 p.m., KMPH-26 will air the game. However, it will be the Rams broadcast team of Andrew Siciliano, Nate Burleson and Peter Schrager calling the action (NFL Network will simulcast the Rams signal).
But that means no Beth Mowins, Rich Gannon nor Matt Millen calling the action.

No Issues in the Regular Season

All 16 of the Raiders games will be seen in Fresno. CBS 47 is scheduled to air 9 games. KMPH Fox 26 has 4, including the Nov. 1 Thursday night contest at San Francisco. KSEE-24 (NBC) will carry one Sunday night contest. And ESPN has two Monday Night Football games, including the Sept. 10 opener vs. the Rams.
CBS 47 will also air the Raiders’ weekly “Sword & Shield” show, Saturdays at 7 p.m., followed by the 49ers’ “Red and Gold Zone” at 7:30 p.m.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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