The Bills have announced that their Week Five game vs. the Jaguars will be blacked out on local TV, as they have about 12,000 unsold tickets for Sunday's game. It is the first local blackout in Buffalo since the final game of the 2006 season (a span of 27 home games).
Ralph Wilson Stadium has a capacity of 73,967, the seventh-largest venue in the NFL. Bills fans are known to be some of the most loyal in the entire league, but following their 38-14 embarrassment at home a week ago vs. the division-rival Jets, many are apparently opting for a week away from their winless team.
The team still has until Sunday to sell the remaining tickets, but unless a sponsor decides to purchase the seats to allow the game to be televised locally, fans within 75 miles of the stadium will not be able to watch the Bills and Jaguars square off.
The way we see it
With the third-lowest average ticket prices and only seven games in the season-ticket package (due to one 'home' game being played in Toronto), the Bills have done all they can to draw people to their stadium on a regular basis. Unfortunately, no matter what the cost, fans don't like to watch mediocre football, which is what the Bills are providing so far this season.