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Russell Salvatore steps up to ensure Bills-Rams not blacked out

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.

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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.

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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.

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