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Raptors Deny Talk Of Regular-Season Games In Buffalo

Raptors Deny Talk Of Playing Regular-
Season Games At HSBC Arena In Buffalo
There is "no chance" the Raptors will play regular-season games in Buffalo, according to Michael Grange of the GLOBE & MAIL. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Buffalo News Publisher Stanford Lipsey Tuesday suggested that the Raptors could be "looking to expand their presence" in New York by playing preseason and possibly regular-season games at HSBC arena. But Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) President & CEO Richard Peddie said, "We're not thinking home games. No, no, no, no. We're not giving those up. We have our fan base here we want to service." Schumer Tuesday said of regular-season games in Buffalo, "I wouldn't say it's done, but I think it's on the table." But an MLSE source said Schumer's "at a table set for one." Peddie said that the Bills playing five regular-season and three preseason games at the Rogers Centre in Toronto over the next five seasons "did not necessarily translate into playing NBA games in Buffalo." Peddie: "We know there is a relationship there, but really we have nothing to do with the Bills." Grange notes while the Bills' interest to play in Toronto was "inspired by the ability to enhance revenues," it is "unlikely the Raptors would be able to command a premium over what they earn at" the Air Canada Centre by playing in Buffalo. The Raptors have previously held a training camp in the Buffalo area, and two seasons ago played a preseason game in Rochester, New York (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/3).

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