Ticket sales suggest fans in Oakland still supporting Raiders despite Vegas move

If ticket sales on the secondary market are any indication, it doesn't look like the Raiders' decision to move to Las Vegas is going to blow up in their face. 

After the NFL's owners voted 31-1 in March to allow the Raiders to move, there was some concern that the decision might backfire and that fans in Oakland would stop showing up for games. 

However, that doesn't seem to be the case. Data released by TicketCity.com this week suggests that Raiders fans are actually pretty excited about their team, despite the fact that the Raiders will be ditching town in two or three years. 

According to Ticket City, the Raiders are ranked in the top 10 for teams with the most tickets purchased for 2017 games. The Raiders sit at No. 6 in the rankings, one spot in front of the Redskins and one spot behind the Patriots

The top four teams on the list are the Cowboys, Steelers, Cardinals and Giants

The fact that the Raiders are still popular in Oakland is good news for owner Mark Davis, because he wants his team to play there for the next three seasons, if the city will let them. 

"We have two more years of lease options for Oakland right now," Davis said on the day of the relocation vote. "If the fans would like us to stay there, we'd love to be there for that and possibly talk to them about extending it for maybe 2019 as well and try to bring a championship back to Oakland."

The Raiders have single-year options for 2017 and '18. After that, the lease ends, which means the Raiders don't currently have anywhere to play for 2019. 

Staying in Oakland for that 2019 season could get dicey, and that's because there seems to be a lot of people in the city who don't want the Raiders. The director of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority recently said he would like the team to leave sooner rather than later. 

That being said, if the Raiders keep selling tickets in Oakland, it's highly unlikely they would leave at any point over the next three seasons. With the team coming off a playoff berth in 2016, not to mention the fact they added Marshawn Lynch, tickets for Raiders games are probably going to continue to sell briskly for the 2017 season. 

If for some reason you don't want your Raiders tickets this year, Davis has said the team will give anyone a refund, if they ask. That's not the smart play though. Based on the secondary market, you're going to want to sell that ticket for a huge profit and then use that profit to buy the team from Davis so you can keep the Raiders in Oakland. 

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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