By Tim Graham
Six days ago, the Buffalo Bills revealed they still had more than 10,000 tickets unsold for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
They've suddenly all been spoken for. The game will be shown on local TV within a 75-mile radius of Orchard Park.
Bills CEO Russ Brandon announced on his weekly WGR segment that local restaurateur Russell Salvatore has committed to purchasing the unsold inventory. That means tickets remain on sale.
The Bills had their first blackout of the season last Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Bills sold out 26 straight games from the start of 2007 and into the 2010 season. But they've struggled mightily since that streak.
Ralph Wilson Stadium failed to fill up for three of their last five home games in 2010 and for each of the final three games last season.
So they needed Salvatore to avoid an eighth blackout in their past 18 games.
Brandon also announced over 10,000 tickets remain unsold for the season-finale against the New York Jets on Dec. 30.