The Dallas Cowboys have a reputation as ‘America’s Team’. If that’s the case, the Oakland Raiders should be called the ‘Outlaw’s Team.’ There isn’t a more devisive franchise in the NFL. Oakland is beloved by ‘Raider Nation’ and reviled by those who think they’re an affront to the morality and decency of the National Football League. The Raiders might not have the ‘outlaw’ image that they had in the 1970’s and 1980’s–it’s hard to be an ‘anti-hero’ team when you’re 4-12–but they still have a passionate fan base that loves to ‘represent’ in silver and black.
No NFL’s team identity better reflects their city than the Oakland Raiders. The Hells Angels Motorcycle gang originated in Fontana, California but are now synonymous with the city of Oakland. Former Hells Angels President Sonny Barger was the founder of the Oakland Chapter and insisted that it is the organization’s ‘spiritual home’. Barger’s longtime foil, Hunter S. Thompson not only wrote a great book profiling the Hells Angels but had some very strong opinions about the Oakland Raiders and their fans. According to Thompson: “The massive Raider Nation is beyond doubt the sleaziest and rudest and most sinister mob of thugs and wackos ever assembled.” Considering that he spent over a year riding with Barger and the Hells Angels that’s saying something.
The Raiders joined the AFL in 1960, first making the playoffs in 1967. They would go on to win the AFL Championship that same year and would win three Super Bowls following the NFL/AFL merger. John Madden is the iconic coach of the team though Tom Flores won two of the three Super Bowls. The Raiders had an impressive array of talent during the 1970’s including quarterback Ken Stabler and defensive stalwart Jack Tatum. Oakland would remain a top team until the end of the 20th century, but they have since been decidedly mediocre They haven’t made the playoffs–or finished above .500–since 2002.
Oakland’s fan base may be getting impatient over a decade of losing but they’re still very devoted and enthusiastic. For that reason, the Raiders still get a fair share of national media attention despite their substandard performance. The ‘Raider Nation’ is still large and nationwide, which means you see plenty of Oakland games on national TV broadcasts. There are plenty of opportunities to watch Raiders football game live on the NFL’s network partners. An Oakland Raiders live stream is more difficult to track down. The partner networks of the NFL provide little or no live game streaming. You can watch Raiders video highlights on the NFL’s official website but little else. Fans can listen to Oakland Raiders live radio stream on the website of 95.7 The Game. The Raiders’ flagship radio station provides live game streams and plenty of additional digital content.
The best option is to watch Oakland Raiders online free via live sports streaming. There are countless live sports streams available on the Internet featuring every league and team imaginable. The NFL is extremely popular internationally making their streams especially easy to locate. A number of websites collate an index of live sports streams including Sports Lemon tv, Stream2watch.me, FirstRowSports and others. These sites change web addresses from time to time, and new streams come online often. For that reason, a Google search is essential to get the latest information about live sports streaming. It’s also a good idea to learn about the various streaming formats available. Most streams are available in Flash video format and play just like a YouTube video. Other streams use third party software like StreamTorrent and AceStream, which allow for higher bandwidth streams and better video quality. You can also find NFL broadcasts in other languages including Spanish, German and French.
Once you locate the Oakland Raiders live stream you’ll be ready to watch the action in a matter of minutes. You will have several options to provide the best possible viewing experience. You can choose from a variety of stream speeds to find the one that works best with your Internet connection and computer setup. While the easiest way to watch live streaming action is on your computer there are other options. You can stream directly to a smartphone/tablet running the Android or Apple operating system. You can also stream to your television set using a Roku Player, Google Chromecast or similar device. No matter how and where you watch, there is no better way to stay on top of the Oakland Raiders’ action all season long!