Blackout In Buffalo?


As the Buffalo Bills head into week 5 with one of the worst starts in franchise history, the Bills faithful are finally showing displeasure with the team.

For the first time since 2006, the Buffalo Bills are in danger of having their game blacked-out. There are still 12,000 tickets remaining for Sunday’s game agains the Jacksonville Jaguars, which need to be sold by Thursday at 1 PM to avoid this disaster.

“We don’t expect it to be sold out in time to lift the blackout,” Scott Berchtold told the BuffaloNews today. This blackout will end a string of a very impressive 26 straight home sell outs. I say very impressive, because it just shows how passionate the fans of Buffalo are, even when their franchise hasn’t put a winning record together in years.

ORCHARD PARK - NOVEMBER 17: A fan of the Buffalo Bills holds up a sign during the game against the Cleveland Browns on November 17, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

What’s even more a cause of concern for Bills owner, Ralph Wilson, is that the ticket problem didn’t just start in week 5, the Bills sold only 43,925 season tickets this year, which is 11,383 fewer than the year before.
Berchtold isn’t in the dark about the fans patience running thin either, “We understand their frustration,” he said. “Heck, we’re frustrated, too.”

The Bills are also in danger of a blackout for upcoming games against the lowly Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns.

This situation is really a catch-22 for me. On the one hand, I’m glad that the fans are finally showing that they’ve had enough of how the Bills have been managed throughout the years, but on the other side of things, not showing up to games is giving the media and NFL all the more reason to keep the Buffalo Bills on the top of their relocation list.

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