Bills' ticket sales on 'record pace'

PHOENIX -- On the heels of the FCC repealing its blackout policy last year, the NFL announced Monday that it would suspend its blackout policy for the 2015 season, meaning all games will be shown on local television regardless of ticket sales.

On the surface, it's a move that affects the Buffalo Bills more than most teams -- they most recently had a game blacked out in 2013 -- but with a busy offseason providing a buzz around the team, the Bills were already on a strong pace to selling out their home slate.

"The way that ticket sales are going right now, right now we're on a record pace. We're excited about hosting eight sellouts this year at Ralph Wilson Stadium," president Russ Brandon said Monday at the NFL owners meetings. "Interest has been very high and our fans have certainly responded."

The NFL did not have any games blacked out last season but had two blackouts in 2013, including the Bills' Week 16 home finale against the Miami Dolphins.

"We've been very fortunate. I think the last 15 years we've sold out close to 83 or 84 percent of our games, so our fans have been incredible," Brandon said. "It certainly comes with a lot of work on all sides."