Skip to primary navigation Skip to main content

Bills buy up remaining tickets to dodge blackout

By Mark Gaughan

The Bills and owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. announced they will buy up whatever tickets remain for Sunday's home game against the Cincinnati Bengals to guarantee it will be shown on local television.

The move prevents the Bills from being the first team in the NFL this season to have a game blacked out. It looks like San Diego will see its home game against Indianapolis on Monday night blacked out. The Chargers have more than 9,000 tickets remaining and have said a blackout is very likely.

The Bills announced Wednesday morning that about 7,000 tickets were left for the Bengals game and about 5,300 on Thursday.

“Mr. Wilson has generously guaranteed the purchase of the remaining tickets for this weekend’s game,” said Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon.  “Through their energy and enthusiasm, our fans create an unparalleled home field advantage.  It’s great to share that experience with the entire region.”

The game will be shown locally on Channel 4. Tickets still are available at the team's box office.

When teams buy up tickets, they have to cover the cost of the revenue that they share with the visiting team. That's 34 percent of the ticket revenue. Depending on the value of the tickets that remained and the number remaining, that means the Bills committed to a little more than $100,000 in guaranteeing the sellout.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement

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 | tgraham@buffnews.com


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.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


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 | jskurski@buffnews.com

Subscribe

Advertisement