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The Buffalo Bills have been blacked out six times in the last two years. Buffalo fans petitioned for rule change from the NFL so they could watch their beloved Bill play on Sunday afternoons. The rules changed, and what should be a happy time in Buffalo is anything but because of the front office's refusal to accept the rule. Teams will continue this trend of not lowering their attendance percentage needed to avoid a blackout because they do not want the value of their ticket to decrease. By taking this standpoint teams are alienating fans.
Often it is said that Bills fans are some of the most passionate fans in the league (they have to be to continue watching them). So some may wonder why they cant sell enough tickets to avoid blackouts, especially because they have the lowest average non-premium ticket price ($60) in the league. The answer is the fact that they are the second smallest television market in the league yet they have the seventh largest stadium (about 74,000). Thats hard to sellout!
I know why the Bills organization does not want to lower their threshold for tickets. The Bills think they will lose money if they lowered to 85%. This is probably true, yet I still think they are making a mistake. Im not just saying they are making a mistake because they are alienating their fans who have been loyal to the organization but I think they are making a mistake because those same fans can turn on them. Now that the fans are aware that the Bills had the opportunity to increase the chance that the team will be on TV and that they declined, the fans will be furious. And they should be.
|KEEP THE FANS HAPPY!!|
Statistics from Forbes.com, yahoosports.com, NFL.com