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Buffalo resident ensures sellout by buying more than 7,000 tickets


Russell J. Salvatore, a Buffalo restaurateur (there really is no “n” in there), has saved the Bills from a Week 16 blackout by purchasing the unsold seats for the team’s December 26 home game against the Patriots.

According to Lou Michel of the Buffalo News, Salvatore bought somewhere between 7,000 and 8,000 non-premium tickets.

“The timing couldn’t be better,” Salvatore, 77, said.  “It’s Christmas.  It’s the last game of the season.  What a way to go.”

The tickets will be given to members of the military and charitable organizations involved with young people.

We hope that Salvatore was permitted to pay 34 cents on the dollar for the tickets.  That’s the amount the home team may pay for each unsold non-premium ticket in order to lift a blackout.

A couple of weeks ago, Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco said that he planned to do the same thing.  We’ve got a feeling that, once he learned how much it would cost, he decided not to go through with it.

Presumably after moping about it.

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17 Responses to “Buffalo resident ensures sellout by buying more than 7,000 tickets”
  1. ctown66 says: Dec 24, 2010 11:39 PM


  2. canadianvikingfaniii says: Dec 24, 2010 11:50 PM

    It’s nice to see some heart warming stories for a change instead of stories about lockouts, assaults and threats.

  3. reapster says: Dec 25, 2010 2:27 AM

    That’s strange I didn’t have to click a link to read the last two lines of the story…..Oh I see Gregg Rosenthal didn’t write this article.

  4. onlylionsfaninboston says: Dec 25, 2010 3:27 AM

    Exactly what I was thinking.

  5. blarch says: Dec 25, 2010 3:44 AM

    God I love the Bills. Best fans in the league. I’m a Patriot fan but boy howdy I love the grit of a Bills fan. They’re still gonna lose though. I hope.

  6. mystereo says: Dec 25, 2010 3:56 AM

    Damn, that’s a lot of tickets.

  7. cynicalvision says: Dec 25, 2010 7:49 AM

    Class act.

  8. hebephrenic says: Dec 25, 2010 8:18 AM

    “34 cents on the dollar for the tickets. That’s the amount the home team may pay for each unsold non-premium ticket in order to lift a blackout.”

    Ya, we get it. Teams can buy tickets at 34 cents on the dollar. You guys use that same line in every single blackout story. With 22 blackouts so far this year, and your ability to beat a dead horse, that’s at least 50 articles. Oh by the way, I am not sure if you guys know this or not, but teams can buy tickets at 34 cents on the dollar to lift blackouts.

  9. mswravens says: Dec 25, 2010 8:21 AM

    G-d Bless & Merry Christmas to you and your family Mr. Salvatore! What a wonderful gesture on behalf of the people of Buffalo, those who assist children, and the members of our military who sacrifice to secure our freedoms. Truly a wonderful & inspiring gift!!!

  10. bucforever says: Dec 25, 2010 8:37 AM

    Maybe Mr Salvatore could open up a place in Tampa next year and help out the Buc fans. Then the Bucs might get a televised home stand. Sounds like a great old gentleman spending his kids inheritance. Merry christmas to all and GO BUCS.

  11. VonClausewitz says: Dec 25, 2010 9:32 AM

    It’s a Festivus miracle!

  12. pajoe says: Dec 25, 2010 10:28 AM

    Just remember, someday Sal might ask you for a little favor, ya know, take a little package somewhere, look the other way someday, drive a friend out of town, borrow your gun, whatever. Just remember this game is on tv cause of Sal when he does!

  13. wwwmattcom says: Dec 25, 2010 11:37 AM

    Is he one of Jim Kellys investors ?

  14. smithopher says: Dec 25, 2010 1:47 PM

    the act of a good man during the holiday season. I’m no bills fan and I even appreciate that act. to a city like buffalo, who loves it’s sports teams, this is one of the most selfless and kind things he could do during christmastime. Merry Christmas to you, Mr. Salvatore.

  15. skurdzzz says: Dec 25, 2010 1:49 PM

    no, he is connected to the todaro crime family. joe “lead pipe” todaro financed the purchase. the tickets are a reward for silence to the community that looks the other way while the crime goes down.

  16. skurdzzz says: Dec 25, 2010 1:50 PM

    this is likely the “in” that was used when the titans colts game was fixed not so long ago.

  17. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Dec 25, 2010 3:20 PM

    A feel good story. Happy holidays to all, especially the Armed Services !

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