Blacked-out Bills have 15,000 unsold seats this week, 10,000 next week

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As we move toward the end of the season, the cream separates from the crap.  And fewer and fewer fans will want to pay to watch the crap.

Consequently, the Bills’ home game on Sunday against the Jaguars has been blacked out, with more than 15,000 unsold tickets.

It’s not looking any better for next Sunday.  With the Rams coming to town, the Bills have more than 10,000 tickets remaining.

It is tough,” Bills running back Fred Jackson said, via the Associated Press.  “You definitely want a full crowd to play in front of.  But we will come out and play and try and put on a show for the fans that are in the stands.  That is just about it, come out there and do what we can and show up and play football.  The fans that are coming out to watch, hopefully we can go out and get a win for them.”

Coincidentally, the two upcoming opponents are often linked to relocation rumors.  The Bills’ inability to move merchandise could cause more to suggest that the Bills are perhaps the team that should be moving.

43 responses to “Blacked-out Bills have 15,000 unsold seats this week, 10,000 next week

  1. The Bills may be under .500 but this could have been avoided if the league had scheduled some better teams late in the year in Buffalo most notably New England. As a New England fan I would have still traveled up for a December game and a lot of New England fans would have. The league should have scheduled either Jacksonville or St. Louis early in the season when the Bills had a lot of buzz around the team and maybe that game would have been a sellout.

  2. Sigh…that’s what u get when you deal 13 straight seasons of ineptitude and heartbreak to the fans. Another December of meaningless bills games that no one wants to (or should) pay to see.

    Part of being a fan is actually having something to cheer for….

  3. Bills need a new owner. If they were 6-5 this game would be sold out no question. Give us a freaking competitive team and they will pack it every game. Fans are the victim here.

  4. “The Bills’ inability to move merchandise”

    …..is Ralph Wilson’s fault, not the city or fans. Maybe had he invested more in the team over the last decade he’d have been able to ‘move merchandise’. Too bad it may result in an eventual relocation unless he can somehow muster something up soon.

  5. I wouldnt want to pay to watch the Chan Gailey show live either….all due respect to the guy, he’s not an NFL head coach.

  6. Obligatory “move them to Toronto” reply. I mean, that’s what you want to see, right? Considering these articles ALWAYS take the slant of moving the team, not even bothering to mention how bad the Bills have been for over a decade and that just maybe their fans are sick of it. But no, by all means continue to assume the only issue at hand is the fan interest in whatever struggling city of the week it happens to be.

  7. The Bills have gone 13+ years without a playoff appearance. EVERY NFL team has been to the playoffs at least once since the Bills last appeared, yeah even the Browns.

    Incredible.

  8. even the most die-hard fan is going to have a hard time justifying freezing their behind off to watch their team close out another lost season against teams like the Jags and the Rams. You wanna sell seats in December, have the Pats, Colts, or Steelers come to town.

    Or build a winning team.

  9. Also, this team makes a huge profit. Claiming that they have to leave is absurd and is everything that wrong with professional sports.

  10. Of course i knew it was coming …. the Buffalo is moving to Los Angeles jab … i wonder how well L.A. would support a team that has made no playoffs appearances for 13 years? L.A. Stick to what you do and cheer for the great American bandwagon basketball team everyone else calls the Lakers

  11. A 4-7 team that will not have made the playoffs for 13 consecutive years will still get 60,000+ in December against a 2-9 team. Actually that’s pretty impressive.

  12. zoxitic says:
    Nov 29, 2012 3:52 PM
    Jaguars – No blackouts since 2009 (and we $uck)

    Jaguars have made the playoffs in the last 13 years unlike the bills and buffalo doesnt tarp off sections of their stadium like jacksonville does. I remember jacksonville not being able to sell out during good seasons. As a season ticket holder of the bills for 18 years now and only seeing one playoff game its frustrating. Its not that bills fans arent loyal because their probably one of the most loyal fanbases in sports. But who wants to sit in the freezing cold and watch a 4-7 team that will miss the playoffs yet again?

  13. zoxitic says:
    Nov 29, 2012 3:52 PM
    Jaguars – No blackouts since 2009 (and we $uck)

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    Um, you also cover 20% of the seats with tarp.

  14. It sucks but its expected. Bills still have the most loyal and resilient fans in the league, the mere fact that a team that has missed the playoffs for 13 years sold out a game vs the Titans in October is a testament to their fanbase. I would love to see any other team in the league miss the playoffs for a decade and sell out one game. Wouldn’t happen. The Steelers couldnt even sell out a Monday Night Game. Go Bills, we’ll see you in 2013.

  15. I use to live in Pennsylvania but now live in the south Florida area. Just like no one wants to sit in the hot sun to watch a sporting event during a hot summer day, no one wants to go out to watch a sporting event with an average team during Dec and Jan in Buffalo and I don’t blame them.

  16. I don’t see why relocation comes up every time a team loses. As if that is a cure all. If a team constantly loses year after year it doesn’t matter where they are! You really think big city L.A. is going to flock to buy tickets to see the pathetic Bills?

    L.A. is not going to readily accept a team from another city. The team will have to turn into a regular winner to sell seats, especially at expensive NFL prices. I was working by St Louis for a while last year and many people there still don’t embrace the Rams and they won a super bowl!

    The answer is to win! Nothing else will help. Going to LA just means a bigger empty stadium and more people/media complaining.

  17. geniusfan says:
    Nov 29, 2012 3:54 PM
    The Bills have gone 13+ years without a playoff appearance. EVERY NFL team has been to the playoffs at least once since the Bills last appeared, yeah even the Browns.
    Incredible.
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    I did not realize that. Has the true “Factory of Sadness” been identified?

  18. Even with the 12+ years of no playoffs, ralph wilson stadium minus 10,000 empty seats is still more fans than the metrodome, lucas oil stadium, university of phoenix, soldier field, oakland coliseum. And this is one of the smallest markets and consistently bad teams. Go Bills!

  19. Did I actually just read someone post “Win and people will show up?”

    Whoever feels that way is purely a bandwagon fan.. period..

    I love seeing the Raiders lose, however I have respect for their ardent fans (even though that fan base is rapidly shrinking like George Costanza in a cold pool) because they never cease to show their loyalty!

  20. Just move to Toronto already! There is no excuse for an NFL team to be in an area where there is not enough support to sell out a game. College teams in hobunk states pack 100K seat stadiums and the NFL puts up with non-sell outs for 8 games a year with the most popular league in the Western hemisphere? Makes no sense.

  21. Oakland fans have the luxury of 60-65 degree weather in December. Bills fans have 30 degree or lower, high winds and snow in their Decembers. If it’s above 30 degrees, it’s raining during the day and turning into ice by the night.

    The place would be sold out, or closer to selling out if they played a team like Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New England, or Houston. They don’t. They play a miserable Jaguars team that not even their own fans want to watch, unless you call a tarp over the upper sections “fans.”

  22. Still beats being a Jets fan. Paying $20,000 for a PSL to watch Sanchez…do what ever that was…not sure how you diagram that.

    At least Endzone Elvis hasn’t de-activated his Twitter account.

    The talk about relocation is just talk. All the internet tough guys in the world can’t move the team.

    Win some games, lose some (more) games, the tailgate goes on…

  23. People come on and just drop the Tarp stuff it’s really getting old about as old as Ralph Wilson himself.

    Without the tarps Everbank would be the 4th Largest stadiums in the League in one of the smallest markets.

  24. Art Rooney warned Ralph Wilson that the stadium was too big when he built it. “All those seats are great, but what will you do when you can’t fill them all,” Rooney asked Wilson.

  25. rollteal says:Nov 29, 2012 8:32 PM

    People come on and just drop the Tarp stuff it’s really getting old about as old as Ralph Wilson himself.

    Without the tarps Everbank would be the 4th Largest stadiums in the League in one of the smallest markets.

    *******

    Well according to the census, as of 2011 Jacksonville, Fla is the 11th largest city in the U.S. That makes it a bigger market than places like Denver, Boston, Seattle,Baltimore and Atlanta. It is also bigger than both D.C and Kansas City, which both actually have bigger stadiums than the Jags.

    In fact, Jacksonville is actally the 8th largest market of all NFL cities, but the team is the least popular in the NFL.

    Soo… that argument didn’t work, wanna try another?

  26. billsboy88 says:
    Nov 30, 2012 12:49 AM

    Well according to the census, as of 2011 Jacksonville, Fla is the 11th largest city in the U.S. That makes it a bigger market than places like Denver, Boston, Seattle,Baltimore and Atlanta. It is also bigger than both D.C and Kansas City, which both actually have bigger stadiums than the Jags.

    In fact, Jacksonville is actally the 8th largest market of all NFL cities, but the team is the least popular in the NFL.

    Soo… that argument didn’t work, wanna try another?

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    While these numbers are correct. The truth is hidden in the details. The city of Jacksonville includes all of Duval County. The land area of Jacksonville is over double that of NY the largest market ion the NFL. Big difference between the other cities that only count the city proper. If you look at the Population density, Jacksonville stands at 1,100 per sq mi. One of the lowest in the NFL markets.

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