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Bills facing league’s first blackout of the season


The NFL is riding an impressive streak of having all its games on local television, but that could be about to end.

According to Mike Rodak of, the Bills are in danger of not selling out, and thus having the league’s first local TV blackout of the season.

Bills CEO Russ Brandon said the team still had around 4,500 tickets to sell by Thursday’s deadline, and that it would be “difficult” to avoid a blackout.

Bills owner Ralph Wilson guaranteed their Oct. 11 game against the Bengals would sell out (ostensibly by buying his own seats at 34 cents on the dollar), but if he doesn’t do it again, fans in Western New York will have to watch something other than Jets-Bills.

Or, get to, as the case may be.

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22 Responses to “Bills facing league’s first blackout of the season”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 13, 2013 8:34 AM

    Wow, a divisional game too.

  2. pksullivanmha says: Nov 13, 2013 8:38 AM

    Field a winning team if you want to sell out. @footballady52🏈

  3. flyerguy73 says: Nov 13, 2013 8:45 AM

    Good, I am sick of seeing these idiots play. Don’t get me wrong, I love to see them get their buts handed to them. It’s just common place now that that they are going to lose. Put a good team on that would be interesting to watch!

  4. unclebluck says: Nov 13, 2013 8:46 AM

    No playoffs in 14 years….Brandon should be happy he got any sellouts this year…….

  5. skolvikesskol says: Nov 13, 2013 8:46 AM

    Unreal. I am shocked NY cannot support their teams. Cue up the “Toronto Bills” posts.

  6. nahcouldntbethat says: Nov 13, 2013 9:06 AM

    This is a sad thing for western NY football fans. Watching your team slowly die is horrible.

  7. bigbluedeadhead says: Nov 13, 2013 9:13 AM

    When there’s a blackout does the network show another nfl game or Seinfeld?

  8. powpow042 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:21 AM

    Funny…whenever this happens to the Chargers…the conversation goes like this 1) The Fans are Terrible…2) Move the team!

    But what about the Bills? Well the team is bad.

  9. shackdelrio says: Nov 13, 2013 9:21 AM

    The stadium is too big for the market.

  10. jpmelon says: Nov 13, 2013 9:38 AM

    The chargers have difficulty selling tickets for the home opener.

  11. xstaticonradio says: Nov 13, 2013 9:39 AM

    8th biggest stadium in 31st biggest market.

  12. dreamsound1 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:40 AM

    You mean to tell me that Jacksonville and Tampa Bay are selling out every home home? They won 2 games combined all year!

  13. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 13, 2013 9:53 AM

    Jets fans don’t travel to Buffalo?

  14. zonedogz says: Nov 13, 2013 9:54 AM

    That’s what happens when you lose 5 out of your last six games despite all the “woulda, shoulda coulda…”.As they say close only counts in horseshoes and handgrenades.

  15. ballboy48 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:05 AM

    Cleveland has been terrible since their return in 1999, and haven’t had a blackout since. Buffalo has Toronto, Rochester, and Syracuse, all within a two hour drive. The only excuses are that the stadium is a dump, traffic is terrible, and they still have medal bleachers seats that make your back feel as if you’re a 100 years old.

  16. athwartships says: Nov 13, 2013 10:10 AM

    We are so over due for the blackout rules to be eliminated. It hurts the game and is an afront to the fans.

    The difference is making a little profit or a lot of profit. There is no real downside to eliminating the rule, don’t believe the BS.

  17. kwickett85 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:30 AM

    When the stadium was built the population of Buffalo was around 500,000. Today the population is almost 250,000. NY taxes are beyond ridiculous, young people are moving, the baby boomers who got to enjoy the Bills during the 80’s and early 90’s are retiring and moving south. Now you have a stadium that holds 70,000+ with declining population. They can still EASILY sell out every week but even the most diehard of fans will watch it on TV than go to the game. It’s sad when tailgating is the best part of the game, this is why Buffalo is a drinking city with a sports problem.

  18. boyshole25 says: Nov 13, 2013 10:47 AM

    This is the harsh reality in upstate NY. We have no jobs and people are vacating due to the unreal taxes. We have to foot the bill for NYC and continue to get nothing in return .

  19. jetsfansince90 says: Nov 13, 2013 12:43 PM

    The blackout rules need to go. In a way it’s the league and owners biggest FU to the fan. They expect the fans to subsidize the stadiums with tax dollars. Than they price the tickets out of the average fans reach. So they’re forced to stay home instead of going to the game. Than the NFL says well no enough tickets were sold so you can’t watch your team play.

  20. pftfan says: Nov 13, 2013 2:31 PM

    #BillsMafia = 4 guys on Twitter.

  21. mackcarrington says: Nov 13, 2013 4:03 PM

    The stadium has been downsized constantly from it’s original 80,000 seats in the early 70’s when it was built. Wilson has done the fans a big favor by keeping the Bills ticket prices among the leagues lowest. As others have mentioned, the population base has dropped dramatically in the last 30 years, despite the Bills attempting to claim Toronto,Rochester, and Syracuse as their “metropolitan area”. A winning team would help, but I still recall that historic playoff game comeback against the Oilers in the 90’s wasn’t sold out. That was a Super Bowl team and they didn’t even support that. That’s why the Bills are eventually going to end up in Los Angeles.

  22. den1254 says: Nov 14, 2013 11:26 AM

    If Ralph wants to keep his fan base he will buy the tickets as other team owners do. It’s a divisional game and I feel I have spent so much money over the years supporting the Bills. Time to give back to yoor loyal fans Mr. Wilson.

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