Rather than issue furloughs, institute pay cuts or lay off employees, the Raiders have opted to use the free time created by the NFL lockout to increase their lagging season-ticket base.

Employees in every area of the organization except players are being asked to sell season tickets and suites (single game or annual) to new buyers in an amount equal to 10 percent of their monthly gross salary.

Yes, that means CEO Amy Trask and coach Hue Jackson.

For instance, an employee making $60,000 per year has a monthly salary of $5,000, meaning they will be asked to sell $500 worth of tickets for each month there is a work stoppage.

"That's really attainable," said Trask, who announced the plan to club employees March 11. "That's two season tickets."

Several NFL teams have cut back on pay, had employees take unpaid time and had layoffs. A 49ers spokesman said "we have consistently declined to discuss anything of this nature and we will continue to do so."

A Raiders source put the club's season-ticket base last season at approximately 23,000, the lowest in the NFL.

Trask would not say what would happen should an employee fail to reach the ticket sales standard.

"We're not focused at all on people who say they can't," Trask said. "We believe everybody can."

College football

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith confirmed in a text message to the AP that the school will not have to pay for Jim Tressel's legal team as the Buckeyes' coach defends himself against NCAA charges that the coach knew his players received improper benefits but didn't report it.

  • NCAA President Mark Emmert told the Justice Department that its questions about the lack of a playoff system for college football are best directed to another group -- the Bowl Championship Series. Other than licensing the postseason bowls, "the NCAA has no role to play in the BCS or the BCS system," Emmert wrote in a letter to the department's antitrust chief.

    Miscellany

    Frenchman John Gadret used a late attack to win the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia, clocking in at 3 hours, 33 minutes, 11 seconds, while Alberto Contador retained the overall lead.

  • Heather O'Reilly had a goal and an assist to lead the United States to a 2-0 win over Japan on Wednesday night in the Americans' next-to-last exhibition before the Women's World Cup.

    Bay Area News Group writer Jerry McDonald and The Associated Press contributed to this report.