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Bills Confirm Rogers' Interest In Hosting More NFL Games In T.O.
Published March 24, 2009
|If Bills Agree To Toronto Games For '10-12, Team
Would Play 25% Of Home Games Outside Buffalo
BORDER PATROL: In Toronto, Steve Simmons writes it is "indeed baffling that in the worst economic conditions in recent history that Rogers Communications has become even more aggressive in its pursuit" of the Bills. Simmons: "How else to interpret the Rogers' questionnaire, clearly attempting to increase the eight-game Bills series in Toronto to 11 [NFL] games between now and 2012? It becomes even more confounding when [the original deal] was a bad one from the beginning for Rogers -- we're told they lost $7[M] on the first NFL games in Toronto." If Toronto gains a second regular-season game during the three years, it "complicates the possibility of a sale to someone who would be playing 25% of its home schedule outside the country." Simmons notes a corporation "cannot own an NFL team," as an individual "must own at least 30% of a team's shares." Sources yesterday said that there are "still those willing to stand up and be the 30% owner of a Toronto franchise, but it isn't specifically known who that someone would be" (TORONTO SUN, 3/24).
Toronto Series GM Says Deal With Bills Could
Be Reopened To Add More Games In Toronto
FORWARD PROGRESS? NFL.com's Vic Carucci reported the NFL is "still sorting through potential opponents" to face the Bills in Toronto this season. A source indicated that the list "includes at least one team," the Buccaneers, but "that isn't nearly as sexy as" the Colts, who were previously reported as a possible opponent. The Colts were "one of the biggest-drawing cards on the Bills' schedule" because of QB Peyton Manning. However, the NFL "appears to be leaning more strongly in the direction of choosing an NFC team." It was "originally speculated that the league would make an announcement about the game during" the league's meetings currently taking place in Dana Point, California, this week, but that is "not expected to be the case" (NFL.com, 3/23).