Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement after learning the Buffalo Bills will not change their blackout policy:
"Western New York is home to the most loyal fan base in the NFL and the decision by the Bills to continue the practice of blacking out the television screens of local fans is deeply disappointing.
"I have a great deal of respect for the Bills organization which operates a team this community loves and supports. The game day experience for the 12th Man at Ralph Wilson Stadium is something that can never be replicated at home and one we should continue to encourage and promote. However, it is fundamentally unfair and fiscally short-sighted to alienate the dedicated fans regardless of where they sit to cheer on our team."