Here’s a bit of good news: the Bills just announced that Buffalo’s home contests against the Raiders (the Sept. 18 home opener) and the Eagles (10/9) have sold out. In addition, the home game against the Patriots on Sept. 25 has “limited” seats still available, and should become a third sellout soon.
Sellouts are important for two reasons: one, it ensures the game will be televised locally. For those of us (like me) that live in the blackout area, that’s pretty important. Secondly, the more sellouts the team has, the harder it will be for the NFL to justify taking the Bills out of Buffalo.
Quite a few teams are really having a tought time selling tickets right now. There’s a good chance Tampa Bay doesn’t sell out a game this season, and the Raiders, Chargers, Jaguars, Cardinals, Rams, and Vikings could also struggle with attendance in 2011. Therefore, every sellout could move the Bills further to the back of the “potential relocation” line.