Bills-Redskins Preseason Opener Blacked Out

Sep 1, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marcus Easley (81) before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

To the shock of absolutely no one, the Bills have announced that the team’s preseason-opening contest against Washington has not sold out and will be blacked out locally. More than 20,000 tickets were not sold.

The game, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, will be re-broadcast on a variety of local channels. Here is the schedule:

Buffalo (WKBW-TV): Friday, 8 p.m.

Rochester (13WHAM): Friday, 8 p.m.

Rochester (CW-WHAM): Saturday, 3 p.m.

Syracuse (WTVH-TV): Saturday, 8 p.m.

The Bills never sell out preseason games, so this isn’t a surprise or a concern. It’s ridiculous that NFL owners expect people to pay full price for these tickets, and even worse that the blackout rule somehow still applies. Does Ralph Wilson expect lots of Syracuse-area Bills fans to drive all the way to Orchard Park for a Thursday exhibition game? Okay.