Fri December 20, 2013
Higgins says NFL blackouts unfair to Bills fans
The Buffalo Bills will play their last home game of the season Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. But if you don't have a ticket, you won't be able to see it. The game will be blacked out on local television after failing to sell out.
Efforts are underway to abolish blackouts. The FCC voted unanimously this week in favor of repealing the 1975 rule.
And Congressman Brian Higgins is sponsoring legislation in the House that would prevent blackouts. Higgins says the rule is especially unfair to Bills fans.
The NFL average attendance for games is 67,000. Ralph Wilson Stadium where the Bills play seats 73,000. That means the Bills have to see 6,000 more tickets in the second smallest NFL market," Higgins said.
Higgins says ticket sales are no longer a team's primary revenue source and the NFL is only hurting itself by opposing a rules change.
Sunday's Bills game will be just the second NFL game to be blacked out this year.