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Polls: How should Bills handle new blackout policy?

By Tim Graham

As we have written in The Buffalo News and on the Press Coverage blog all week, the Buffalo Bills have a delicate decision to make regarding the NFL's new television blackout system.

To quickly recap: The old policy was that a 100 percent sellout of non-premium seats was needed 72 hours before kickoff for a game to be televised locally. The NFL has lowered the minimum to 85 percent of non-premium tickets sold. Hooray for the fans, right? Well, clubs must opt into the new system, and if they do, then they must pay into a league-wide revenue pool. As Buffalo News writer Gene Warner reported this "likely would cost [the Bills] several hundred thousand dollars per season."

So you can see the Bills' quandary.

Let's find out what Press Coverage readers think the Bills should do -- and what they would be willing to do. These are not scientific polls, but then again this never claimed to be a scientific blog.

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About Press Coverage

Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | [email protected]


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | [email protected]

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