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Bills Could Schedule Additional Regular-Season Games In Toronto; Deal Expected Soon
Published September 17, 2012
STADIUM ISSUES STILL UP IN THE AIR: In Rochester, Leo Roth wrote of the Bills' likely agreement with Erie County for a one-year lease extension on Ralph Wilson Stadium, "Following an NFL trend, the Bills will help pay for improvements." But “given the dynamics of ownership, who pays what, how, for how long?" Roth: "Would a new owner not want a new stadium all together?” The Bills “could agree with the stipulation a new owner can’t move the club until the lease expires.” That decision “makes the team less desirable on the open market but it’s the right thing to do if public money is accepted, the right thing to do for their fans.” If the team wants a lease “with no strings attached, the Bills, like any company leasing a building and looking to grow, should pay for most if not all of the stadium renovations themselves, recoup the costs in the price tag of their business, and reap the additional revenue in the interim that the upgrades bring” (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 9/16).