After being saved twice this season by owner Ralph Wilson Jr., the Buffalo Bills will have their game this Sunday blacked out after failing to sell out Ralph Wilson Stadium, per an Associated Press report.
Wilson Jr. purchased the unsold tickets prior to the Bills’ games versus the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants, but this time there are still 16,000 tickets available that apparently will not be purchased by the owner.
The blackout, unfortunately, means that the game will not be televised locally.
Per the AP report, the Bills had two such cases in 2012 and three in 2011.
Buffalo has not made the playoffs since 1999 and haven’t had a winning season since 2004. The Bills (5-9) have only had three seasons where they finished .500 or better – 2000, ’02, and ’04 — since the turn of the century.
Once a mainstay in the playoffs, particularly the 90’s when Buffalo reached four straight Super Bowls from 1990-93, the organization has unfortunately been stuck in NFL purgatory for quite some time.
According to a Yahoo! Sports report, promising rookie quarterback EJ Manuel will miss another start this week with a knee injury. Thad Lewis will get the start in his place against the Dolphins.