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Bills suffer first blackout since 2006

The Buffalo Bills officially have joined the NFL’s blackout parade.

Per Tim Graham of ESPN.com, the Bills have announced that Sunday’s home game against the Jaguars won’t be televised locally, due to an inability to sell all non-premium seats.

Graham says that the week began with 12,000 unsold tickets.  The blackout breaks a 26-game sellout record, dating back to 2006.

The Bill are 0-4, and regarded by many as currently the worst team in the league.  But that hasn’t deterred the PFT Picksters.

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45 Responses to “Bills suffer first blackout since 2006”
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 7, 2010 2:13 PM

    Sorry, Buffalo.
    The Leafs are starting their season now, hang in there. :)

  2. BuffaloMike says: Oct 7, 2010 2:13 PM

    so this means I get to watch NFL football again and I won’t be subjected to that JV team running around in Bills uniforms?

  3. recent says: Oct 7, 2010 2:28 PM

    Last weekend it seemed like a surprisingly high amount of Jets fans, so if the Bills are relying on opposing fans to help sell tickets, the Jags are an obvious blackout week. Not only do the Jags have a small fanbase, they aren’t an exciting or particularly good team.
    It’s just too bad I’m gone Sunday, as this would be a rare instance where we get a non-Bills game on Sunday afternoon.

  4. Kevin says: Oct 7, 2010 2:34 PM

    Not another Black Out article! These are getting old…… is there anyone on this site that cares?

  5. billsgiantsfan says: Oct 7, 2010 2:36 PM

    Start the “Buffalo can’t support an NFL team” debates {eye roll}.

  6. jj jones says: Oct 7, 2010 2:40 PM

    Blame Jacksonville
    Blame Jacksonville
    It seems that everything’s gone wrong
    Since Jacksonville came along
    Blame Jacksonville
    Blame Jacksonville
    They’re not even a real city anyway

  7. njoberg says: Oct 7, 2010 2:41 PM

    wonder if they could sellout in LA?

  8. hlywd7 says: Oct 7, 2010 2:41 PM

    Maybe if the Bills could draft a good player that makes
    PLAYS
    we would come.
    No one goes to Steakhouses with rotten meat. And thats what the Bills are selling ROTTEN FOOTBALL……….

  9. GoJags436 says: Oct 7, 2010 2:42 PM

    The Jags are good enough to have all THIER games broadcast locally – so far.

  10. Jamarcus says: Oct 7, 2010 2:42 PM

    Poor Bills fans. They deserve a better product on the field.

  11. loumann says: Oct 7, 2010 2:43 PM

    I guess now that the Hall of Famer Ralph Rubberface Wilson will threaten to move the team again.
    What a class act he is…Hall of Famer???
    My big fat #$*&#*& he is !!!!!!!!
    Barfalo…….joke of the NFL
    My suggestion to all Bills fans……TAKE THE GAS PIPE!

  12. Meldog says: Oct 7, 2010 2:47 PM

    I was at the game and I wouldn’t say the Jets had an abnormally high amount of fans in attendance. The only team with fans that actually show up in abundance are the Steelers fans because tickets are hard to get in Pittsburgh and Buffalo is about a 4 hour drive.

  13. Champ Kind says: Oct 7, 2010 2:48 PM

    “recent says: October 7, 2010 2:28 PM
    Last weekend it seemed like a surprisingly high amount of Jets fans, so if the Bills are relying on opposing fans to help sell tickets, the Jags are an obvious blackout week. ”
    There’s always a ton of Jets fans at the Bills games (probably because of the close proximity to the NJ Jets). That’s why the Jets games are the rowdiest games at the Ralph. Usually, you see very few opposing team jerseys at Bills game.

  14. Meldog says: Oct 7, 2010 2:49 PM

    But I do agree with you, that the only Jags fans in the stadium on sunday will be the players families.

  15. Marty says: Oct 7, 2010 2:53 PM

    It’s ironic that so far this season, all the Jags’ home games have been on TV, and all their road games have been blacked out.

  16. Flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: Oct 7, 2010 2:56 PM

    Champ Kind says:
    “Usually, you see very few opposing team jerseys at Bills game.”
    You got to be kidding me, when the Pats play there it’s Gillette Stadium North.

  17. harloeisdead says: Oct 7, 2010 3:05 PM

    This is the year of vengeance. Last season, all (but one) games were blacked out here in Duval, and this season we’re taking it on the road with us. Awesome.

  18. Champ Kind says: Oct 7, 2010 3:16 PM

    “Flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: October 7, 2010 2:56 PM
    You got to be kidding me, when the Pats play there it’s Gillette Stadium North”
    Uh…..no. I go the the Pats game almost every year, and there’s not that many Pats fans there.

  19. mike32303 says: Oct 7, 2010 3:18 PM

    Where’s Sam the bills fan on here? lol too busy saying hes not scared of playing the patriots who have beaten them like 14 times in a row… lmfao pathetic

  20. SFNFLer says: Oct 7, 2010 3:23 PM

    It’s time to hire Marv Levy– He’s only 96 and he’s a helluva coach.

  21. AlexMac says: Oct 7, 2010 3:23 PM

    “There’s always a ton of Jets fans at the Bills games (probably because of the close proximity to the NJ Jets).”
    ————-
    6.5 hours isn’t really close.
    Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland are all closer.
    Philly and Cincy are the same Distance as NY.
    A lot of the Jets fans come from University of Buffalo which has a big downstate contingent…

  22. BillsFan20 says: Oct 7, 2010 3:30 PM

    loumann says:
    October 7, 2010 2:43 PM
    I guess now that the Hall of Famer Ralph Rubberface Wilson will threaten to move the team again.
    What a class act he is…Hall of Famer???
    My big fat #$*&#*& he is !!!!!!!!
    Barfalo…….jok e of the NFL
    My suggestion to all Bills fans……TAKE THE GAS PIPE!
    ^ Are you serious? Number one when has Ralph Wilson threatened to move the team? They never had plans to move to Canada people just made that dumb rumor up. Second Ralph Wilson is a Hall of Famer because he is one of the few left who have owned their team since the merger. He helped start the NFL and the merger of the AFL. He is not a Hall of Famer?
    Go crawl back in the hole where you got this ludacris thought and stop hating on the Bills. And how are we the joke of the NFL because we haven’t made the playoffs in 11 years? What about the Lions who have made it in 40?

  23. Calir says: Oct 7, 2010 3:31 PM

    So I guess that means they are moving to L.A.? Isn’t that where all bad teams who can’t sellout are supposed to go? L.A.’s about to have 15 teams by the end of the season.

  24. tooz56 says: Oct 7, 2010 3:34 PM

    The NFL better wise up and quick. Unemployment is at it’s highest in decades, many, many “regular” people are out of work. Those “regular” now must chose which bill to pay each month. Buying football tickets, and spending money for parking and the ECT has been put on hold. What the NFL need to do is lift the Blackout rule this season, and maybe next year as well. Let their LOYAL fans what their team play on TV. People are struggling much more then the news lets on, at least let them forget about it for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. And when things get better, they will once again be at the Stadiums spending money. With these black outs, fans will have to find something else to do with their time on a Sunday afternoon……and might not be back when things get better. The BILLIONAIRES that run the NFL need to understand this.

  25. BC says: Oct 7, 2010 3:35 PM

    What if every team was blacked out? Would they just not show football?

  26. madmike77 says: Oct 7, 2010 3:39 PM

    Bills-Jags – who wouldn’t want to see that?
    The other problem is a good chunk of the Bills fans drive down from Canada and Sunday is Canadian Thanksgiving. I doubt too many people are going to pass on Thanksgiving to watch Bills-Jags.

  27. Neverend says: Oct 7, 2010 3:44 PM

    Blame their stupid organization. I mean, how many runningbacks do they draft until they move to Los Angeles?

  28. bobinpuertorico says: Oct 7, 2010 3:45 PM

    Great news for all Bills fans! Finally a blackout. Now we need to have all games blacked out and at least half of the seats empty. It is unfortunate, but a boycott is necessary to give ownership an incentive to invest in the team. Ten years of futility has been tolerated and most games have sold out, so the Bills currently have no reason to try to field a winning team.

  29. 1mge says: Oct 7, 2010 3:48 PM

    Why don’t they take a page from the Viking handbook… beg NFL for an extension then beg local business to buy up the seats. It’s not really a sell out but at least it’s not a blackout.

  30. Dapollock says: Oct 7, 2010 3:56 PM

    So no one will get to see the Jags play the jag-offs, correct?

  31. Patsfan87 says: Oct 7, 2010 3:57 PM

    It’s time to offer the HC job to Bill Parcells. He coached the Pats and Jets and is the czar in Miami. He would bring creditbility back to the Bills. Or is Sparano is fired in Miami he will be in Buffalo next yr lol with Parcells as GM.
    The question is this? Is Ralph Wilson cheap or will he spend the money for a real coaching staff and decent players.

  32. smithopher says: Oct 7, 2010 3:59 PM

    yeah jags-bills game, thats like going to see a professional pillow fight. unfortunate for bills fans though, the jags are one of the few teams on the schedule that i’d say they could beat.

  33. Champ Kind says: Oct 7, 2010 4:08 PM

    It’s funny that even though the Bills game will be blacked out, the 68,000 attendance will still be more than televised sellouts in:
    Foxboro
    Jacksonville
    Seattle
    St Louis
    Indianapolis
    Tampa
    Cincy
    Shiittsburgh
    Detroit
    Minnesota
    Arizona
    Oakland
    Chicago

  34. That Guy says: Oct 7, 2010 4:10 PM

    THE BILLS AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE… The fact that they’ve had sellouts since 2006 and been this bad, obviously shows the NFL that they’re in a good market. San Diego will move before the Bills do!
    Once the Bills turn this thing around, they’ll start a new streak and keep Ralph’s and Goddell’s pockets FAT!

  35. ejtowne says: Oct 7, 2010 4:18 PM

    loumann says:
    October 7, 2010 2:43 PM
    I guess now that the Hall of Famer Ralph Rubberface Wilson will threaten to move the team again.
    What a class act he is…Hall of Famer???
    My big fat #$*&#*& he is !!!!!!!!
    Barfalo…….jok e of the NFL
    My suggestion to all Bills fans……TAKE THE GAS PIPE!
    Dude, I hate to be the one to tell ya this but, Ralph Wilson has never threatened to move Buffalo. Without Mr Wilson joining the NFL there would be a lot of teams that wouldn’t even be here. Hell, maybe the NFL would never of had made it and we would be watching the AFL. Suggestion to you, go back to school. Signed, Bills Fan

  36. nagurski_T_form says: Oct 7, 2010 4:19 PM

    Wow…I went to that last blackout game in 2006…because it WAS blacked out, and because they were actually in the playoff hunt with a record of 7-7 at the time (impossible to imagine now).
    This time? Whey the **** would anyone go that garbage? There is literally no reason to go. Parrish on PR duty and Spiller on KR duty is not enough.

  37. Marty says: Oct 7, 2010 4:21 PM

    Blame it on Canadian Thanksgiving.

  38. R8R_BOB says: Oct 7, 2010 4:29 PM

    I have to cackle when I see the common when (insert team) move to LA.
    There is a reason why there is no team in Los Angeles. It is just too sun, too much sand and too much water

  39. harloeisdead says: Oct 7, 2010 4:39 PM

    # smithopher says: October 7, 2010 3:59 PM
    yeah jags-bills game, thats like going to see a professional pillow fight. unfortunate for bills fans though, the jags are one of the few teams on the schedule that i’d say they could beat.
    —-
    The defending AFC Champions say you should stop talking.

  40. quannumkid says: Oct 7, 2010 4:39 PM

    This is purely a reflection of how awful this team is, not the ability of Buffalo to support an NFL team. If the team was just watchable they would sell out every game. If the Patriots ever put this product on the field you better believe Gillette wouldn’t sell out.
    Maybe at some point One Bills Drive will realize the secret to sustaining an NFL franchise in a such a small market is actually putting out a decent product, not sharing games with Toronto.

  41. jaxdolfan says: Oct 7, 2010 4:41 PM

    The only thing less interesting than a Bills game is a Bills game where the Jags show up.
    One thing can be said, Since the Jags won big at home, travel this week, and have a big home game next week against the Flaming Thumbtacks, their minds will not be on the Bills and Garrard will complete several passes to the boys in red and blue.

  42. BCfromHell says: Oct 7, 2010 4:42 PM

    So when is the league consolidating down to 28 teams?

  43. Meldog says: Oct 7, 2010 5:05 PM

    @madmike77
    I completely forgot about that….you are probably right about the loss of the canadian fans for their thanksgiving.

  44. Jag4Life says: Oct 8, 2010 8:53 AM

    Marty says:
    October 7, 2010 2:53 PM
    It’s ironic that so far this season, all the Jags’ home games have been on TV, and all their road games have been blacked out.
    ————————————————–
    What’s ironic is OUR fans are showing up to watch OUR team no matter who they are playing. Call me old fashion, but a true fan doesn’t pay money to see the opposing team play.
    That’s why you’re a FAN of (fill in the blank) team.

  45. joe.attaboy says: Oct 8, 2010 1:26 PM

    Interesting:
    The Bills are blacked out. Blame it on the Jaguars.
    There isn’t a team in L.A. Blame it on the Jaguars.
    Tim Tebow isn’t starting. Blame it on the Jaguars.
    The economy sucks. Blame it on the Jaguars.
    Obama is a tool. Blame it on the Jaguars.
    The weather sucks. Blame it on the Jaguars.
    There’s a giant crack in the Earth that is sure to end all life as we know it. Blame it on the Jaguars.
    Buffalo fan, your team is 0-4. All teams lose fans when they play lousy. Get over it.

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