Bills offering discounted tickets to avoid first NFL blackout of 2013

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

There could be a blackout in Buffalo on Sunday if fans don't start buying tickets. (USATSI)
There could be a blackout in Buffalo on Sunday if fans don't start buying tickets. (USATSI)

The NFL could have its first television blackout of 2013 and that blackout could be happening in Buffalo on Sunday. Buffalo has until Thursday at 1 p.m. to sell the 7,000 tickets needed to avoid the blackout. Although if the team doesn't sell all 7,000, but gets close to it, the Bills can request a 24-hour extension to sell the remaining tickets.

How do you get fans to buy tickets? You can give them free beer, that always works. However the Bills aren't going to go the Jacksonville route, instead Buffalo's going to offer its fans up to $15 off tickets to Sunday's game against Cincinnati.

The Bills aren't the only team having trouble selling tickets this week, the Chargers are having problems too. San Diego has 10,000 tickets remaining for the team's Monday night game against the 4-1 Indianapolis Colts, according to U-T San Diego. However, since the Chargers game is on Monday, San Diego has until Friday at 1 p.m. to sell its remaining tickets.

If the Chargers don't sell out the game, it would mark the first time since the 1999 season that a Monday night game was blacked out in a team's home market.

Blackouts haven't been a problem in the NFL this season. Through five weeks there have been zero blackouts. That's longest the league has gone without a blackout to open a season since 2008.

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