Bills lose to Browns in high-stakes off-field competition

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The Bills and the Browns haven’t squared off for a meaningful game in years, if not decades.  But Cleveland recently beat Buffalo in another entertainment-related arena.

According to Mark Sommer of the Buffalo News, Hollywood has decided not to make the Bills the centerpiece of the film Draft Day.  Instead, the honor will go to the Browns.

Kevin Costner, star of iconic baseball films like Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, and WaterWorld (it’s about the fountains at Royals stadium, right?), will play the G.M. of the Browns.  He was going to play the G.M. of the Bills.

“At the end of the day, it was a money thing,” said Tim Clark, head of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission.  “I think [Ivan] Reitman really wanted to shoot here, but it just came down to the cost factor.  What we were told is that the Cleveland incentives were better.

“I feel the worse for the Buffalo Bills, because they worked real hard to convince the film company that Buffalo was the place to shoot this, and that Buffalo was America’s team.”

The movie was switched to Ohio because of money.  Filming in Cleveland resulted in better tax incentives.

Then again, there’s a chance it’s not a real movie at all.  It could be cover for sneaking Dennis Rodman out of the United States.  Permanently.

36 responses to “Bills lose to Browns in high-stakes off-field competition

  1. Buffalo? America’s Team? The team that plays a game in Canada once a year?

    I won’t be the first to comment on this point but I had to point it out, too, for it being so absurd.

  2. They have to rewrite the script now, changing all the parts that said “Bill’s incompetant G.M.” to “Brown’s incompetant G.M.”. But the end results will be the same.

  3. I dont buy it. Costner built a home on lake Erie back in the early 2,00’s His home was on the lake and just west of Cleveland. I would put money down he selected Cleveland because of the fact he loves Cleveland

  4. I would imagine that you would have to work really hard to convince someone that Buffalo is America’s team.

  5. The film needed a team that continually picks in the top 5 each year. Can’t have a theater full of people waiting for hours to see who they pick.

    Buffalo or Cleveland. Either way, you are guaranteed to be selecting within the first 5 picks each year.

  6. Seriously? The the bills nor the browns are America’s team I don’t think anybody will watch either definitely sounds like a front to something else weird

  7. Figures, the Bills are more worried about films instead of the terrible product they been putting on the field for the last 15+ years. Part of me almost wishes they move to canada so i can end my misery with this team once and for all.

  8. As a bills fan. Thank god! As a human being, I wont watch, its cleveland. Fog lake effect and depressing.

  9. Hey after the film Major League came out the Indians actually turned it around. Maybe this movie will do the same. Hell, you can take the whole script from Major League and it would work in this movie “This guy is dead” “This guy never had a prime” “I want us to finish DEAD LAST” “These guys are $HITTY” “Who are these guys????”

  10. Great, I guess. Don’t forget Mr. Brooks as a great Kevin Costner movie.

    I give every football movie its due, but I don’t know about this one. I really don’t know what to expect. Well, it is a win for Cleveland. Now let’s see more wins.

  11. Thanks ny taxes. As if you don’t plow me in the bunghole enough. Takin the one chance for the Bills to get press without winning. Shame on you.

  12. Cleveland, in the winter? They may as well re-unite the cast of Fargo to do it.

    Costner hoping he can piggy back off of/or be the next Brad Pitt from Moneyball, though Costner’s best days as an actor have been behind him for a couple decades.

  13. Im not going to sit here and defend against the stale predictable Cleveland bashing. But the Buffalo guy above ripping on Cleveland. Cmon now….seriously? Hey we are not the best. But really a Buffalo guy ripping on Cleveland as a town? Wow, lol!!!!

  14. Sounds like money ball for the football scene and the big surprise is at the end when the Browns realize that baseballs formula doesn’t work for football

  15. If they do a sequel will they film it in Baltimore like they did with Major League 2?

  16. I’m tired of people negatively commenting about the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have just as big of a fanbase as any other NFL team, sometimes bigger. The Bills are the only real team from NY State(FACT). Don’t underestimate the loyalty of Bills Fans.

  17. Interesting that even the bastion of liberalism, Hollywood, will seek out better tax incentives as a reason to shoot a movie somewhere. 🙂

  18. Why didn’t they just film it in London?

    Goodell could’ve had the London Ballet do the halftime show, and sipped tea with Randy Dandy Lerner and Camilla’s Tampon, Prince Charles.

    Hell, they could’ve hired all British actors, too. Just like in “Blackhawk Down.” No American actors could ever play American soldiers or football players. We’re not “refined” enough.

  19. I guess then playing in the Snow Bowl for a potential playoff spot a few years ago doesn’t count as a meaningful game… who knew?

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