By Jay Skurski
The Buffalo Bills were granted a 24-hour extension this afternoon to sell the remaining 3,500 tickets for Sunday's game against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium, thus lifting the local television blackout.
The Bills now have until 1 p.m. Friday to do so.
There have not been any blackouts in the NFL this season. The Bills avoided one in Week Six against Cincinnati when owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. bought the remaining tickets before the deadline.
Earlier this week, The News' Gene Warner wrote about the potential blackout:
“It is not likely that the game will be sold out,” Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon acknowledged Monday afternoon. “It’s going to be difficult to reach that level of sales in the remaining three days, but we’re not going to stop working until Sunday, to try to get as many people in the building as we can.”
That doesn’t mean, though, that the blackout can’t be lifted.
The team has been aggressive in its ticket-selling efforts, offering a military discount to veterans and their families, who can buy tickets for $25 apiece. There also are reports that the team has offered ticket discounts to youth sports leagues.
The Bills will host their "Salute to Service" game, honoring all branches of the armed forces. There will be a live oath reaffimation ceremony on the field at halftime., and 10 members of each of the five military branches will be honored for their service on the field prior to kickoff.