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Bills are trying to make Buffalo more enticing to the next owner

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The Buffalo Bills have inched to the top of the “most likely to move to L.A.” list, given that AEG now intends not only to host a team in the stadium it wants to build but also to own that team.  In light of the widespread belief that the Bills will be sold to the highest bidder once 92-year-old owner Ralph Wilson no longer owns the team (and that’s as delicately as we can put it), the highest bidder could decide that it makes good business sense to then move the team from Buffalo to the nation’s second-largest market.

Team CEO Russ Brandon joined Howard Simon and Joe Buscaglia of WGR on Thursday, primarily to promote Friday night’s uniform unveiling event.  Inevitably, Brandon was asked about the team’s future.

As to the succession plan, if any, for ownership of the team, Brandon declined to talk, deferring any comment on the subject to Mr. Wilson.  But Brandon dropped a few hints as to the manner in which Mr. Wilson could be trying to engineer the future of the franchise.

The folks at Buffalo Rumblings wisely locked on to Brandon’s acknowledgement that the team already is talking to Erie County officials regarding an extension to the stadium lease.  Obviously, a new lease could include terms that would make it harder for the next owner of the Bills to move the team.

That said, Tim Leiweke of AEG has said that AEG would write any necessary checks to escape any applicable leases.  (As to the question of whether AEG has contacted the Bills, Brandon offered up the always-ominous “not that I’m aware of.”)

Brandon also emphasized, in response to concerns about the impact of the next CBA on small-market teams, the concept of regionalization.  Which in our assessment means that, in order to keep the team in Buffalo, more games in the future will have to be played in Toronto, and greater efforts will be needed to draw fans into Buffalo from Toronto and other areas of Western New York and Ontario.

Thus, even though Bills fans may want all 10 annual games to be played in Ralph Wilson Stadium, they need to realize that sacrificing some games to Toronto (possibly, in time, as much as a 50-50 schedule split) could be the best alternative to sacrificing all of them to California.

Bottom line?  The next owner of the team will need to be able to conclude that it makes good business sense to stay in Buffalo.  Between extending the lease in Buffalo and expanding the team’s footprint in its region, the Bills appear to have a plan in place for nudging the needle toward not moving.

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  1. randysavage4ever says: Jun 23, 2011 9:48 AM

    Raiders in L.A. or pay Al compensation.

  2. ampats says: Jun 23, 2011 9:49 AM

    If the Bills leave Buffalo that would leave New York with no professional football teams despite the fact that the Giants are considered NY’s team along with the team that is considered the red headed stepchild that hasn’t won anything for over 42 years!

  3. joetoronto says: Jun 23, 2011 9:55 AM

    “Thus, even though Bills fans may want all 10 annual games to be played in Ralph Wilson Stadium, they need to realize that sacrificing some games to Toronto (possibly, in time, as much as a 50-50 schedule split) could be the best alternative to sacrificing all of them to California.”

    This is the harsh reality in a nutshell.

    Do you want to be 1 1/2 away from your Bills for half the season, or a 4-5 hour flight?

    This is a no brainer.

  4. quannumkid says: Jun 23, 2011 9:59 AM

    Does anyone think Ralph Wilson has no succession play? What happens to the Bills after he passes will permanently affect his legacy. It’s hard for me to believe he doesn’t care about how his name lives on in the history of professional football and in Western NY.

    Regionalization doesn’t necessarily mean playing games in other cities to me. The only positive out of the Toronto deal is the direct influx of cash from Rogers. It could possibly mean drawing (more) fans from surrounding areas to come to Buffalo for games. Who wants to drive in from Rochester or Ontario to see the Bills of the last 10 years other than to get stupid drunk somewhere other than home? Put a winning product out on the field and see who comes.

  5. chadmurdigan says: Jun 23, 2011 10:02 AM

    “Tim Leiweke of AEG has said that AEG would write any necessary checks to escape any applicable leases”

    That’s the kind of money I wish I had. If I did, I’d use it to put a lot of people to work instead of handing it over to lawyers to break leases. It’s no wonder a ticket to an NFL

  6. chadmurdigan says: Jun 23, 2011 10:03 AM

    NFL game costs what it costs.

  7. waldoampere says: Jun 23, 2011 10:03 AM

    If the loyal Bills fan who sell out their stadium and sit through horrendous weather conditions even when the team isn’t good lose their team it’s a disgrace. And every other team owner who would vote for a new Bills owner who they know would move the team should be embarrassed. There are some things in life that just shouldn’t be about the money, especially when the profits are already in the hundreds of millions.

  8. shackdelrio says: Jun 23, 2011 10:04 AM

    The Bills are trying to make Buffalo more enticing to the next owner….by moving the entire city to southern California.

  9. orakpwnd1983 says: Jun 23, 2011 10:07 AM

    thats a real demographic change for ya.

  10. fm31970 says: Jun 23, 2011 10:11 AM

    The Bills playing in both Toronto and Buffalo could be interesting in the short term, but I don’t see it working in the long term. Just ask the Packers how enjoyable it was to play two games at County Stadium in Milwaukee for all those years.

    Either stay in Buffalo, or move to Toronto or L.A. My money is on the latter.

  11. melonnhead says: Jun 23, 2011 10:13 AM

    The Bills will be sold to Rogers and move to Toronto. Ralph wants his legacy to be the guy that made the NFL an international thing.

  12. pftstory says: Jun 23, 2011 10:15 AM

    Why do people assume the only fans a team needs to be finincially successful are the number of fans to fill the stadium?
    Yes, the Bills will draw more fans to the stadium if/when they have a winning team. But the trick is to have more people excited about the team. People who wont go to the games, but who live in toronto, Cuse, Rochester, Albany who get involved because “their” team is winning. Buy jersey’s, watch the games and see advertising, local tv commercials or even in stadium ads (you dont think those are put there only for the at the game fans do you?)….

  13. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 23, 2011 10:21 AM

    When the Bills were winning AFC Titles they had no problem selling out games. They’ve sucked forever and keep making coaching changes that do little to inspire hope. I’ve been to a Bills game (Season opener ’04) and the place was fun, packed and full of real fans. The whole town has Bills’ banners on businesses, homes with old-school pennants in the windows–similar to driving through Pittsburgh neighborhoods during season. If they would quit hiring 8-8 at-best coaches and draft a QB, they may win again. Winning cures everything (unless Al Davis owns the team).

  14. chocopoppy says: Jun 23, 2011 10:21 AM

    Could a new stadium be built halfway between Buffalo and Toronto? And call them the “Buffalo/Toronto Bills”?

    Hey, the name is no longer than the “Indianapolis Colts”, so it can be done!

  15. chsjra17 says: Jun 23, 2011 10:27 AM

    Have a lot of faith in Russ Brandon, he somehow conned Bills fans into 56,000 and 55,000 season ticket holders for seasons they went 7-9 and 6-10.

    He’ll figure out a way to help keep the franchise in Buffalo, and if there was anyone I’d want pitching the franchise and its “attractiveness” it would be him…

    Here’s to hoping the team is here for the next 50 years!

  16. packattack1967 says: Jun 23, 2011 10:33 AM

    Maybe the Vikqueens will move to Buffalo

  17. EJ says: Jun 23, 2011 10:34 AM

    We are staying here in Buffalo period. Bills fans are some of the most loyal in the league. Go Bills!!!

  18. winkeroni says: Jun 23, 2011 10:39 AM

    Tim Leiweke is all talk. He had an opportunity to buy the Rams last year. There were two bids made known and only one viable one after Rush Limbaugh jumped on one as a minority owner. Then out of no where Stan Kroenke purchases the other 60% at the bargain price which Khan had negotiated. If Leiweke really wants a team build a stadium right now. It’s not like he’s wanting to build a stadium in the middle of no where. Someone will want to use it for concerts, bowl games, possibly NCAA Final 4, and maybe even a Superbowl bid. If there is a stadium there teams with a poor stadium situation may be enticed to relocate.

  19. rukiddnme29 says: Jun 23, 2011 10:43 AM

    This is why capitalism sucks. I lived in LA, there are about as many football fans in LA as there are in Buffalo. The ones that are in LA are 60% Raiders fans, 10% Chargers fans and 30% soccer fans. Who in LA wants the Los Angeles Bills?

  20. rukiddnme29 says: Jun 23, 2011 10:46 AM

    Let’s just hope there is one person who loves the Bills more than money!

  21. joetoronto says: Jun 23, 2011 10:49 AM

    johnnyjagfan says: Jun 23, 2011 10:21 AM

    When the Bills were winning AFC Titles they had no problem selling out games. They’ve sucked forever and keep making coaching changes that do little to inspire hope. I’ve been to a Bills game (Season opener ’04) and the place was fun, packed and full of real fans. The whole town has Bills’ banners on businesses, homes with old-school pennants in the windows–similar to driving through Pittsburgh neighborhoods during season. If they would quit hiring 8-8 at-best coaches and draft a QB, they may win again. Winning cures everything (unless Al Davis owns the team).
    ************************************************
    You don’t mean the Al Davis that’s won 3 Super Bowls and has his young team ready to compete for another, not THAT Al Davis, right?

    “jagfan”, I should have known.

  22. ebenezergrymm says: Jun 23, 2011 10:52 AM

    Bills tickets cost half of the league average yet they still get games blacked out. They’re worse off than Jacksonville. There’s not a single decent player on the team. They haven’twon a playoff game since 1995.

    1995.

    In 1995 when the Bills last won a playoff game

    Gas cost $1.09/gallon
    Win95 was released
    DVD technology was announced
    Coolios “Gangstas Paradise” was the #1 song

    It’s over, Buffalo.

  23. drbob117 says: Jun 23, 2011 10:54 AM

    In light of the widespread belief that the Bills will be sold to the highest bidder once 92-year-old owner Ralph Wilson no longer owns the team (and that’s as delicately as we can put it),

    ****************************************
    HAHAHAHA… Mike, that’s just wrong, man..

  24. phinfan says: Jun 23, 2011 11:13 AM

    This is down right pathetic!!! They’d be stupid to do this.

    1) your starting a entirely new fan base! Buffalo will fight for name rights to the bills. You’d be smarter to move to toronto and keep 80% of the fan base

    2) good luck getting your team to full strength after traveling to miami and new york and new england all the time not too mention all of the east coast afc teams!

    3) what home feild advantage would you have? Certainly not blizzards! Unless its blizzards of coke from hollywood junkies

  25. usher716 says: Jun 23, 2011 11:16 AM

    aside from a 92 year old owner, how is football in Buffalo less economically viable than Cleveland, Detroit and Green Bay? As a Bills fan I am sick and tired of hearing the same “Bills could move to LA” story over and over again for at least the last 15 years. Many of us PFTers don’t think LA deserves another shot after losing 3 teams over the years, but this is a different NFL now than when the Rams and Raiders bolted, the NFL is BIG BU$INE$$ now and only pretends to care about the fans. I say hurry up and get it over with, I’m sick of hearing about it – regardless of whether it’s the Bills or not, some fan base is going to end up royally screwed.

  26. frostbelt says: Jun 23, 2011 11:19 AM

    THE BILLS WILL ALWAYS BE IN BUFFALO.

  27. lennydpocketqb says: Jun 23, 2011 11:27 AM

    Will they change the name or will it be the Los Angeles Bills?

  28. pigeonpea says: Jun 23, 2011 11:41 AM

    Why would anyone shell out $240 for a 300 Level seat to see the Bills at Toronto’s Ripoff Center when the same $$$ can get you a mid-field seat at Lambeau Field in the first 25 rows to see the Packers? Better yet, what the hell is wrong with that picture when Lambeau is sold-out for the next 30 years????

    Toronto will NEVER have an NFL team. The politicians and potential owners here are just too greedy.

  29. fatguystrangler says: Jun 23, 2011 11:48 AM

    Yes, L.A. is gigantic, but didn’t this city lose two teams only like 15-16 years ago? The NFL, as a league and a brand, has flourished in that time period without having a franchise in the ‘second-biggest media market.’ Not having a team there has not negatively impacted the league. I’m hoping the Bills do have a secret plan once the owner passes, and they tell L.A. to F’ off.

    Shouldn’t L.A. be more concerned with, say, finding an owner for the Dodgers who isn’t stealing money from the team?

  30. quannumkid says: Jun 23, 2011 11:54 AM

    Splitting games between two sites is an awful idea. Like the old adage about QBs (if you have more than one starting QB, you don’t have one), when it comes to home fields you have one or none. Splitting games between two cities doesn’t really broaden your market so much as it marginalizes each market. Why would fans from Toronto travel to Buffalo when they can just wait for the team to play games there? Same with Buffalo to Toronto. Featuring a game every (or every other) season out of town is okay. As far as I’m concerned you can play every preseason game out of market. But splitting regular season games down the middle will not work anywhere.

  31. Christian says: Jun 23, 2011 11:57 AM

    Bring back the Los Angeles Dons!

  32. dspyank2k11 says: Jun 23, 2011 11:57 AM

    “We are staying here in Buffalo period. Bills fans are some of the most loyal in the league. Go Bills!!!”

    Unlike Jags and Charger fans… :)

  33. ebenezergrymm says: Jun 23, 2011 12:00 PM

    @fatguystrangler

    I take it you’re a Buffalo fan, so I find it funny you talk about LA losing two teams when Buffalo lost what are now the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers.

    The difference between LA and Buffalo though is Buffalo loses teams and never gets any back, while LA has lost teams and yet more are on the way.

  34. recon163 says: Jun 23, 2011 12:08 PM

    @ randysavage4ever:

    “Raiders in L.A. or pay Al compensation.”

    Compensation for what? He has nothing to do with LA.

  35. gregwestlake says: Jun 23, 2011 12:09 PM

    I currently live in LA, and I work at a job where I get to hear a ton of peoples opinions on having an NFL team here…. Nobody cares. If you live in LA, and love football, you’re either a Chargers fan, Raiders fan, Rams fan, or USC fan.

    Nobody here is craving for an NFL team, theres just way too many other teams, and things to care about in LA.

    Oh yeah, and Im from Rochester, so having the Bills leave Buffalo would literally ruin a huge part of my life.

  36. recon163 says: Jun 23, 2011 12:13 PM

    @ winkeroni:

    “Tim Leiweke is all talk. He had an opportunity to buy the Rams last year.”

    They were not planning a stadium at the time.

    “There were two bids made known and only one viable one after Rush Limbaugh jumped on one as a minority owner.”

    There were four bids.

    “Then out of no where Stan Kroenke purchases the other 60% at the bargain price which Khan had negotiated.”

    Kroenke saw his investment being devalued, he protected it. Can’t blame him.

    “If Leiweke really wants a team build a stadium right now.”

    Sure….easy for you to say it ain’t your billion now is it?

  37. recon163 says: Jun 23, 2011 12:16 PM

    @ rukiddnme29:

    “This is why capitalism sucks.”

    Okay Karl, maybe you go provide a little better analysis than it ‘sucks’.

    “I lived in LA, there are about as many football fans in LA as there are in Buffalo. The ones that are in LA are 60% Raiders fans, 10% Chargers fans and 30% soccer fans.”

    And I am sure you spoke to all 17 million people to discern this?

    “Who in LA wants the Los Angeles Bills?”

    Perhaps not the Bills, but the franchise? Sure.

  38. jimsjam33 says: Jun 23, 2011 12:20 PM

    Buffalo Fans ,

    Fight to keep your team in your city . You have a proud tradition of excellence and home town pride. Cities like Buffalo and Green Bay have proven that small towns can support an NFL team without the greedy comglomerates putting their greasy dirty hands on the very fabric of American sports.
    I’m from L.A. and we don’t need to steal your team and your cities enjoyment . The NFL owes us a team , not somebody else’s , we want a team from scratch , that’s right a draft team . Our city deserves to name our own team and develop pride from the ground up .

  39. recon163 says: Jun 23, 2011 12:20 PM

    @ phinfan:

    “1) your starting a entirely new fan base! Buffalo will fight for name rights to the bills. You’d be smarter to move to toronto and keep 80% of the fan base”

    So keep 80% of 2 million or try to build up a 25% fan base from 17 million?

    “2) good luck getting your team to full strength after traveling to miami and new york and new england all the time not too mention all of the east coast afc teams!”

    Assuming they only play those teams.

    “3) what home feild advantage would you have? Certainly not blizzards! Unless its blizzards of coke from hollywood junkies”

    Oh yes the fate of millions of dollars rest on the decision to continue to play in blizzards.

    Thinking is not a strength of yours, is it?

  40. recon163 says: Jun 23, 2011 12:25 PM

    @ usher716:

    “aside from a 92 year old owner, how is football in Buffalo less economically viable than Cleveland, Detroit and Green Bay?”

    Right now it isn’t. Because Ralph only payed $400k for them. But the new owner will probably pay in the neighborhood of $800- $900 million. They are going to want to see an ROI.

    ” . . .but this is a different NFL now than when the Rams and Raiders bolted, the NFL is BIG BU$INE$$ now and only pretends to care about the fans. ‘

    No it is the same, always has been. To you they are fans, to the owners you are customers and revenue generators.

  41. recon163 says: Jun 23, 2011 12:28 PM

    @ fatguystrangler:

    “Yes, L.A. is gigantic, but didn’t this city lose two teams only like 15-16 years ago?”

    True, do you know why the teams left? If not you should take some time to learn about it, it is informative for why a team may leave its present home.

    “Shouldn’t L.A. be more concerned with, say, finding an owner for the Dodgers who isn’t stealing money from the team?”

    Not our problem to resolve. What would suggest the collective of LA do?

  42. recon163 says: Jun 23, 2011 12:36 PM

    @ gregwestlake:

    “I currently live in LA, and I work at a job where I get to hear a ton of peoples opinions on having an NFL team here…. Nobody cares.”

    This is contradictory isn’t it. If tons of people are commenting, then that indicates a level of concern doesn’t it? If nobody cared, as you state, tons of people wouldn’t be commenting, now would they?

    “If you live in LA, and love football, you’re either a Chargers fan, Raiders fan, Rams fan, or USC fan.”

    Well not really there are fans of all 32 teams here. Not all 17 million people fit into your nice little boxes now do they?

    “Nobody here is craving for an NFL team, theres just way too many other teams, and things to care about in LA.”

    Wrong again. There are plenty of people ‘craving’ a team, as you say. Can we start with Tim Leiweke and Ed Roski and go from there?

    “Oh yeah, and Im from Rochester, so having the Bills leave Buffalo would literally ruin a huge part of my life.”

    Thanks for sharing that you have an agenda for posting the above comments.

  43. nahcouldntbethat says: Jun 23, 2011 12:43 PM

    Come on guys. There’s no way the Bills stay in Buffalo unless the next owner wants them there and has the deep pockets to make it happen.

    The idea of regionalization of the franchise isn’t going to work, because assuming it is successful in Toronto the team is going to get bought and moved there. Toronto has a lot more money than Buffalo, assuming no deep pockets billionaire in western NY who wants to buy the Bills as a local product.

    The market is the market and the more that the NFL opens up to market forces the less the teams can resist them.

    The Baltimore Colts moved. The LA Rams moved. The Oakland Raiders moved. The LA Raiders moved again. The Cleveland Browns moved.

    What makes Buffalo so special that the Bills aren’t going to move when all the economic variables say they should?

    It’s going to happen.

  44. hobartbaker says: Jun 23, 2011 1:01 PM

    Plan is to dress Buffalo up. Lots of lipstick and some earrings. See how it works.

  45. recon163 says: Jun 23, 2011 1:01 PM

    So I find stuff like this hilarious.

    Two different guys who presently live or have lived in LA.

    Now mind you the LA region is about 120 miles by 95 miles square and is made up of 5 counties and numerous cities, yet two individuals who probably have never met, seem to have a firm grasp of the LA market.

    To wit:
    rukiddnme29 noted, “I lived in LA, there are about as many football fans in LA as there are in Buffalo. The ones that are in LA are 60% Raiders fans, 10% Chargers fans and 30% soccer fans.”

    So he/she has given you a percentage split of the fan base in LA. Clearly they are beyond reproach in their analysis, after all those are hard percentages.

    And on the other hand we have “gregwestlake” who notes that, “If you live in LA, and love football, you’re either a Chargers fan, Raiders fan, Rams fan, or USC fan.”

    Hold one here, something is wrong here. How can one guy miss the Rams and USC and the other guy not give precedence to the supposed greater proportion of Raider fans? The most likely scenario? They really don’t have a clue.

  46. ebenezergrymm says: Jun 23, 2011 1:01 PM

    Fun fact:
    The Buffalo Bills were named after William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody who earned his nickname for killing buffalos.

    So Buffalo Bill killed buffalos.

    And now the Buffalo Bills are going to kill the Buffalo fan base.

    Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think?

    (and no I don’t care that buffalo is both the singular and the plural form of the word)

  47. lennydpocketqb says: Jun 23, 2011 1:10 PM

    @ebenezergrymm great point. probably the most valid point of all. teams will seek out the chance to at best fail in LA. If they go, another will be ready to take over.

  48. recon163 says: Jun 23, 2011 1:20 PM

    @ jimsjam33:

    “Cities like Buffalo and Green Bay have proven that small towns can support an NFL team without the greedy comglomerates putting their greasy dirty hands on the very fabric of American sports.”

    Just think. if Buffalo had managed to have more greedy “comglomerates” in their city we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

    Oh? In that case they are good huh? What an idiot….

  49. spillertime21 says: Jun 23, 2011 1:46 PM

    The first line of this article says ” the bills have inched closer to the most likely to move list.” Where does that “fact” come from??
    The bills were not one of the 5 teams mentioned by AEG that they have been in contact with.
    In the article it says that bills COO Russ Brandon has heard nothing from AEG in regards to buying them the team.
    And if AEG has the cash to buy out a stadium lease don’t you think they have the cash to buy a team.
    Honestly out of the five teams that AEG named I think the Vikings or jags have a better chance to move to la. No loyal fan base in j’ville, no stadium deal in minny.

  50. pastabelly says: Jun 23, 2011 1:54 PM

    Other than goodwill, there is no good reason for the NFL to have a team in Buffalo. There is also no good reason NOT to have a team in LA. Ugh, I don’t want to see Baltimore back in the AFC East.

  51. spillertime21 says: Jun 23, 2011 2:01 PM

    Why is there no reason for a team in buffalo? Whats the reason for a team in cincy, j’ville, minneapolis?

  52. fatguystrangler says: Jun 23, 2011 2:32 PM

    @ ebenezergrymm

    Actually, I’m not a Bills fan, nor do I live in Western NY (which explains my ignorance towards their former pro basketballl teams bolting), but I do admit to having a soft spot for the Bills and their plight. (Irony of ironies, I’m a Colts fan, of the overnight move. Yes, I’m aware).

    “The difference between LA and Buffalo though is Buffalo loses teams and never gets any back, while LA has lost teams and yet more are on the way.”
    Wow, arrogant a bit? Hey, thanks for making my point easy for me. That’s why I’d be thrilled if the Bills are able to stick around.

    @ recon163
    Yeah, let me go do my due diligence about that. I suppose it could be a ‘those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it’ scenario…but, my point, is the fan support for pro football there? All I ever hear or read is that’s a Lakers and SC city. Please tell me b/c I’m only going by hearsay at this point..

  53. recon163 says: Jun 23, 2011 3:34 PM

    @ fatguystrangler :

    “Yeah, let me go do my due diligence about that. I suppose it could be a ‘those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it’ scenario…but, my point, is the fan support for pro football there?”

    There is, but it isn’t like other cities. Angelenos are not keen on giving millions of public dollars to team owners for stadiums that are money makers for the owner. For the owner that indicates interest, for the league that indicates interest, and the fan well they get the privilege of paying. In LA we don’t want to pay you to come here, pay you to stay, or pay you to watch.

    Type in ‘Raiders vs NFL Court’ and check out the ruling from the appeal court. This will give you a sense of why the Raiders moved.

    My fav? Al wanted $20 million and two guaranteed Super Bowls from the NFL before he would commit to a stadium he wasn’t going to spend a dime of his own money building! It is beyond comparison.

    There have been numerous attempts to build stadiums here in the area but our unwillingness to fund a stadium has been the main reason for the present condition.

    “All I ever hear or read is that’s a Lakers and SC city.”

    LA is no different than other cities. The winning team is popular during the winning streak.

  54. Robert says: Jun 23, 2011 4:09 PM

    Sorry. Los Angeles is Raiders country….

    See Big Al!!!

  55. dienavinjohnson says: Jun 25, 2011 12:06 PM

    Buffalo does not deserve to lose their team. If that senile, old fool that owns the team doesn’t set it up so that a local group can purchase the team before he dies, then he is, undoubtedly, one of the most selfish men in the world. Seriously, what does a 92 year old man need with an extra 50 million dollars before he dies in the next year or two?

    As a lifelong Patriots fan, I have always considered Bills fans to be my cousins, if not my brothers. Rich Stadium was Schaeffer Stadium on steroids. Kelley was their Brady. Levy was their Belichick. They owned the 90s we owned the 2000s. But more than anything, their fans support their team, and have done so for 50 years, in some of the worst weather, at one of the worst stadiums, in the league.

    So now there is a clamor to move this team to Los Angeles, where they have been unable to keep 2 teams already despite being the second largest metropolitan area in the country. Screw L.A. Ralph Wilson, sell the team to a local group before you die. Do the right thing.

  56. gadzod says: Jun 26, 2011 11:52 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Jun 23, 2011 10:49 AM
    johnnyjagfan says: Jun 23, 2011 10:21 AM

    When the Bills were winning AFC Titles they had no problem selling out games. They’ve sucked forever and keep making coaching changes that do little to inspire hope. I’ve been to a Bills game (Season opener ’04) and the place was fun, packed and full of real fans. The whole town has Bills’ banners on businesses, homes with old-school pennants in the windows–similar to driving through Pittsburgh neighborhoods during season. If they would quit hiring 8-8 at-best coaches and draft a QB, they may win again. Winning cures everything (unless Al Davis owns the team).
    ************************************************
    You don’t mean the Al Davis that’s won 3 Super Bowls and has his young team ready to compete for another, not THAT Al Davis, right?

    “jagfan”, I should have known.
    *******************************************

    It’s the same Al Davis that needed a big time loan from Ralph Wilson, or he loses his team.

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