I watched the Bill Polian Show Monday night, Dec. 3 in disbelief. The show had barely gotten under way when the Bills general manager started complaining. He stated that "stealing" the signal for the Bills non-sellout games was outright piracy. The Bills management had sent out people to many local bars and restaurants to confront the guilty parties. Many of these "law breakers" would be handed out lawsuits at the end of the year. Paul Maguire mentioned that the blackout rule might not be fair to Buffalo because Rich Stadium seats more than 80,000. Polian disagreed, stating the NFL stadiums seat an average of 75,000 and the rule was fair.
I doubt very much this is true but here are just a few of Sunday, Dec. 2's attendance figures: Kansas City at New England: 26,280; Indianapolis at Phoenix: 31,885; Jets at San Diego: 40,877; Tampa drew 42,839 against Atlanta. The "great" Miami Dolphins attracted a tremendous throng of 53,599 to Washington. Besides the Bills' 79,320 fans just one other game drew over 62,000.
To top all this, Monday's "game of the year" between the Giants and the 49ers drew a Candlestick Park record 66,000 fans in San Francisco. That's all the stadium holds.
Though Buffalo's weather leaves a lot to be desired, the Bills have drawn some 80,000 fans for almost every game in the last three years. There are far more than 80,000 Bills fans in this area, many of whom cannot afford to attend a game. I can't believe Polian would begrudge these fans a chance to watch their team.