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U.S. Sen. Schumer Seeks Amendment To NFL's G-4 Loan Program On Behalf Of Bills
Published August 9, 2012
LAWYER UP: In Rochester, Sal Maiorana notes New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Foley & Lardner partner Irwin Raij, who serves as the firm's Sports Industry Team co-Chair, to "advise the state in its efforts to make sure the Bills remain in Buffalo long after the death of current owner Ralph Wilson, who is 93, and the team has changed hands." Cuomo said, “New York state is committed to doing all we can to keep the Bills a part of the Buffalo community, while also protecting taxpayer dollars and seeing that the team can thrive in western New York for years to come" (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 8/9).
ROGER THAT: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell yesterday "reiterated people want the Bills to remain here, a new stadium lease is 'a very high priority,' and the team will be sold after Ralph Wilson dies." Goodell said, "The fans need to do everything they can to support the Bills, and we're going to work hard to make sure they continue to be successful here. There's no reason why they can't be." The BUFFALO NEWS' Graham notes Goodell "didn't deliver any new information" regarding a Bills succession plan. There was "no mention of the Bills possibly being held in a trust after Wilson dies or any change of heart that someone within his family would like to keep the team." Also, no prospective owners "were identified" (BUFFALO NEWS, 8/9).
NEW FOR THIS YEAR: Also in Buffalo, T.J. Pignataro noted the Bills yesterday announced several "new additions and elements to enhance the fans' gameday experience at Ralph Wilson Stadium" for the '12 season. Among the additions "will be a new security screening process at the entry gate, Tailgate Party expansion, a 'Think Green' environmentally conscious tailgate party program, 'Make Mom Proud' initiative as well as changes or enhancements to the parking lots and roads at and around the stadium" (BUFFALO NEWS, 8/8).