Bills guarantee Sunday sellout; Higgins continues to fight blackout rule

Nov 15, 2013

The Buffalo Bills have guaranteed a sellout for Sunday's game, ensuring that it will be seen on local television.

The team had nearly 3,500 tickets available at the close of business Thursday, but was granted an extension from the NFL that gave them until 1 p.m. Friday to sellout and the lift the local television blackout.

The league mandates all tickets be sold 72 hours prior to kickoff to avoid the blackout.

The proceeds of any tickets sold through Sunday will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project project.

No team in the NFL has been forced to impose a local blackout this season. The Bills has two games blacked out last season and three in 2011.

On a three-game losing streak, the Bills host the New York Jets on Sunday.

Earlier this week on the House floor, Rep. Brian Higgins introduced the Furthering Access and Networks for Sports (FANS) Act, which would eliminate the NFL's blackout rule.

"Blackout rules are unfair, outdated, and alienate fans," Higgins said. "I will continue to fight until sports teams do the right things for their fans."

Higgins says the FANS Act also prevents cable companies from using the threat of blackouts as leverage in contract negotiations. The House version of the bill already has backing in the Senate.

With seating for 73,000 people, Ralph Wilson Stadium is one of the largest in the NFL. The Bills must sell 6,000 more tickets than the league average to avoid a blackout.