Buffalo-area businessman who staved off local blackouts applauds NFL's decision for '15 season

Associated Press

The NFL's decision to suspend its television blackout rule for the 2015 season is making one Buffalo-area businessman happy.

Hotel and restaurant owner Russell Salvatore has spent tens of thousands of dollars in recent years to buy unsold Buffalo Bills tickets so the team's home games wouldn't be blacked out in the western New York TV market.

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On Monday, the NFL announced that no games will be blocked from local television during the upcoming season.

Salvatore has bought thousands of unsold tickets over the years to avoid local blackouts, including the 2010 and 2012 seasons. Some he gave away to customers, but the majority were donated to local charities and organizations.

Salvatore applauds the NFL's move, but says the Bills are likely to sell out every game this year anyway.