The Buffalo Bills announced the expected this afternoon: Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins has officially not sold out and thus will be blacked out on local television.
It's the first blackout of the season for the Bills, and only the second in the NFL this year (Cincinnati at San Diego on Dec. 1 being the other).
The Bills had a reported 16,000 tickets remaining for the game as of Wednesday -- more than 20 percent of the capacity at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills previously avoided blackouts in their last two home games against Cincinnati and the New York Jets when owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. agreed to buy the remaining tickets -- estimated to be a combined 8,800 tickets.
Interestingly enough, the Federal Communications Commission proposed Wednesday to end the blackout rule.
"There is evidence that after nearly 40 years, the Sports Blackout Rule has outlived its relevance and utility," FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said in a statement in a story that appeared in the Washington Post. "Changes in the marketplace have raised questions about whether these rules are still in the public interest, particularly at a time when high ticket prices and the economy make it difficult for many sports fans to attend games."
The NFL is expected to fight any proposed change to the blackout rule.