There won’t be a blackout in Buffalo this weekend.
The Bills got a 24-hour extension from the NFL to sell more than 5,000 non-premium tickets to Sunday’s game against the Bengals, which would allow them to avoid a local television blackout. Tickets remain available, but the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium won’t be blacked out because the guy with his name on the stadium promised to buy whatever seats he needs to buy in order to get the game on television.
“Mr. Wilson has generously guaranteed the purchase of the remaining tickets for this weekend’s game,” Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon said in a statement from the team. ”Through their energy and enthusiasm, our fans create an unparalleled home field advantage. It’s great to share that experience with the entire region.”
It’s not known how many more tickets were sold between the announcement of the extension and Wilson’s announcement, but any that were will come off the owner’s final bill even though he likely knew he’d be making up any shortfall before the extension was put in place. The Bills are also making some of those tickets available to fans who make a donation of $20 or more to charities working on breast cancer awareness and those affected by the disease.