ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The next two Buffalo Bills home games are sold out, lifting the TV blackout.
On Wednesday, there were still about 1,600 tickets left for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.
If the game had not sold out, it would have been the earliest blackout in a season in decades. Bills CEO Russ Brandon said on WGR Radio Wednesday that the earliest blackout he could remember in his 17 years with the Bills was the 2004 Halloween game against Arizona.
The September 29 game against the Super Bowl defending champion Baltimore Ravens has also sold out.
Overall, Brandon noted this year's schedule is very fan-friendly. The Bills have 3 games in warm September, 1 in October, and 2 in the first 3 weeks of November. The game in Toronto on December 1 is a guaranteed sellout, so that leaves only one home game in December, always a tough sell if the team isn't playoff-bound.
"The schedule from a fan standpoint was probably the best layout we've seen in my 17 years here," Brandon said.
2 On Your Side also reached out to the FCC, which earlier last year took public comments on a potential change to sports blackout rules. A spokesperson says the Media Bureau of the FCC is actively working on its recommendation, that it will present to the FCC members at some point in the future.
Congressman Brian Higgins last month sent a letter to the acting chairwoman of the FCC, asking the agency to consider changes to the long-standing rules that allow blackouts.
There's no time frame available on when the FCC could vote on potential changes.