Outside Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo today, Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) and SFC Chapter Chair (and Buffalo Fan Alliance President) Matt Sabuda praised Buffalo Bills fans for leading the charge to help bring an end to NFL blackouts. The NFL is reportedly changing its blackout policy to allow for games to air if the stadium is at least 85% sold out, rather than the previous level of 100% sold out.
“This is a game-changer for football enthusiasts in Buffalo and across the nation,” Rep. Higgins said. “Fans let their voices be heard and they certainly deserve this victory. The momentum began when FCC Commissioners suggested the 36-year old rule deserved a ‘fresh look,’ grabbing the attention of the NFL. But it was the loyal and enthusiastic football followers who really drove this down the field.”
“When the FCC had its comment period, Buffalo was by far and away the largest market to write into the FCC to express their opinion that the blackout rule should be changed,” Sabuda said. “I give the NFL a ton of credit for doing it so quickly. They listened to fans, they recognized it, and to change in a period of less than a year is remarkable.”
The NFL and the Bills organization have not officially commented on the new blackout policy.
Sports Fans Coalition would like to thank Rep. Higgins — one of our Most Valuable Policymakers — and Matt Sabuda for their awesome leadership on this issue. The support they’ve generated in Buffalo has been unparalleled.