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Does anyone here know how to check to see what NFL games will be blacked out. I go to school near Erie, PA but am a huge steelers fan. The local station is contracted to show bills games but I know that if the bills dont sell out their home games it gets blacked out and usually the steelers come on. I kinda need to know if I am going to have to go to a bar to watch the game or be able to watch it in the comfort of my own home.

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I think it is 75 or a hundred mile radius of the stadium. Then it will be blacked out. But if it is sold out by Thursday usually the game is on.

P.S. I think the next two Bills games are sold out so you may have to find a bar.

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All NFL games have been sold out this week.

This is the 7th straight week they've had 100% sellouts.

Since the blackout policy went into effect (early 90's I believe) there have been 20 weeks where there were no blackouts and 7 of those 20 have occurred this season.

Tells you exactly how popular the NFL has become.

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All NFL games have been sold out this week.

This is the 7th straight week they've had 100% sellouts.

Since the blackout policy went into effect (early 90's I believe) there have been 20 weeks where there were no blackouts and 7 of those 20 have occurred this season.

Tells you exactly how popular the NFL has become.

I'd imagine that the Cardinals are responsible for there not being more, right?

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All NFL games have been sold out this week.

This is the 7th straight week they've had 100% sellouts.

Since the blackout policy went into effect (early 90's I believe) there have been 20 weeks where there were no blackouts and 7 of those 20 have occurred this season.

Tells you exactly how popular the NFL has become.

I'd imagine that the Cardinals are responsible for there not being more, right?

Or saints...

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I think it is 75 or a hundred mile radius of the stadium. Then it will be blacked out. But if it is sold out by Thursday usually the game is on.

P.S. I think the next two Bills games are sold out so you may have to find a bar.

Keep in mind, that 75 mile radius goes for any part of the TV market. Even though Erie is more than 75 miles from Buffalo, if any part of the Erie TV market falls within the 75 miles, it's a blackout.

Not that any of it matters, provided the Bills keep selling out.

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I think it is 75 or a hundred mile radius of the stadium. Then it will be blacked out. But if it is sold out by Thursday usually the game is on.

P.S. I think the next two Bills games are sold out so you may have to find a bar.

Keep in mind, that 75 mile radius goes for any part of the TV market. Even though Erie is more than 75 miles from Buffalo, if any part of the Erie TV market falls within the 75 miles, it's a blackout.

Not that any of it matters, provided the Bills keep selling out.

Hoepfully, they only sold out the first four games. (NYJ, MIN, NE, GB) And I only have tix for the game tomorrow, so far.

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The local station is contracted to show bills games but I know that if the bills dont sell out their home games it gets blacked out and usually the steelers come on.

NFL defined radius or not, I think it's ridiculous that a Pennsylvania town is in the "local" market for a New York team.

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All NFL games have been sold out this week.

This is the 7th straight week they've had 100% sellouts.

Since the blackout policy went into effect (early 90's I believe) there have been 20 weeks where there were no blackouts and 7 of those 20 have occurred this season.

Tells you exactly how popular the NFL has become.

I'd imagine that the Cardinals are responsible for there not being more, right?

Or saints...

No, not the Saints. Would love to know where this crap of the Saints having poor attendance got started.

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This is the first season the Saints have ever sold out. In the NFL where there are only 8 homes games that is pretty bad. Teams like the Giants, Redskins, Broncos ect. have sold out for over 20 years.

Wrong. This is the first year they ever sold out all the games through season ticket sales. They've had years when the average attendance equaled the Dome's capacity. That means every game in those seasons was a sellout.

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I figured that i would be seeing the bills play but much to my delight i got to see Pittsburgh and it was a good thing too even though they lost it was a hell of a game . . . am i the only one who hates the OT rule about scoring first and winning?

You missed NOTHING in the Bills game. They game was horrible.

That OT rule is stupid, it should be like the NCAA.

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I figured that i would be seeing the bills play but much to my delight i got to see Pittsburgh and it was a good thing too even though they lost it was a hell of a game . . . am i the only one who hates the OT rule about scoring first and winning?

You missed NOTHING in the Bills game. They game was horrible.

That OT rule is stupid, it should be like the NCAA.

You know if you stop them you don't have to worry about the OT rule. Defense is a part of the game.

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No, not the Saints. Would love to know where this crap of the Saints having poor attendance got started.

Because throughout the 1990s Baton Rouge TV was my source for the oddball games of the week because Saints home games were blacked out in Baton Rouge quite often, yet they were on the Lafayette stations?

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I know some questions have been answered about the blackout policy. To expand on it further, a lot of these blackouts affect the "secondary markets" For example, Los Angeles is considered a secondary market to the Chargers, so we pretty much get all the games, provided that they sell out at home. Part of the blackout policy is that the secondary market is required to carry all the road games, but not necessarily the home games. However, a lot of people here in L.A. have been bitching about the blackout policy in regards to the Chargers, but L.A. and S.D. are neighboring markets and the 75-mile blackout zone around Qualcomm Stadium falls right in the southern fringes of the L.A. television market (which includes southern Orange and Riverside counties). Also, because of the popularilty of the Raiders in this area (even 12 years after they left here), CBS (and not always Fox) pipes-in the Raiders locally if the Chargers are not playing at the same time.

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The local station is contracted to show bills games but I know that if the bills dont sell out their home games it gets blacked out and usually the steelers come on.

NFL defined radius or not, I think it's ridiculous that a Pennsylvania town is in the "local" market for a New York team.

It's also ridiculous that Harrisburgh, PA is a local market for the Baltimore Ravens not the Steelers who always had a huge following there the NFL won't budge due to payback for Dan Rooney being the only owner to vote against the Browns move to Baltimore.

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It is absurd and insulting to blackout games in publicly funded stadiums, sold out or not.

Totally agree. The original logic behind blacking out games was to sell additional tickets. But in a day where the NFL game experience runs at least $100 a pop and most bars have satellite TV, that logic is ridiculous. In the last 10 years, has anyone ever gone to a game they were planning on watching on TV because it was blacked out?

Also, Bills2005, why should the NFL overtime rule be like the NCAA? The NCAA's rule is less fair (defense first has a HUGE advantage), leads to longer games, eliminates the importance of special teams, and skews statistics. All logic indicates that, despite providing for equal posessions, it's a far worse system.

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