SBD/September 20, 2012/Franchises

Bills CEO Brandon Denies Report Of Multiple Regular-Season Games In Toronto

Bills CEO Russ Brandon yesterday “denied a story suggesting the NFL team might play more than one home game a year in Toronto in the future,” according to John Kryk of the QMI AGENCY. Brandon, speaking on WGR-AM, said, "The one thing I wanted to be very clear about is we will not be playing multiple games up north.” The Buffalo News on Sunday reported the team “might relocate more than one regular-season home game a year” to the Rogers Centre as “part of the Bills-in-Toronto series renewal.” Brandon: "We are continuing those negotiations and we are close to an agreement, but the one thing that I will say is that the report in the Buffalo News was not accurate. We will not be playing more regular-season games in Toronto." Brandon added that “no playoff games ever would be held in Toronto.” A source said that “only one pre-season game likely will be part of the renewal” rather than one per year, “as in the original arrangement.” The source added that the series extension would be “less lucrative for the Bills.” The source said ticket prices would be "significantly reduced” (QMI AGENCY, 9/19). Brandon also said that the organization will "likely start trying to increase its hold in the Syracuse market, furthering its regionalization plan." Brandon said, "Syracuse is definitely a Bills town. I grew up there and it was certainly split between Giants, Jets and Bills back in the day, but it's certainly a Bills town now. I think there's more that we can do there as well. It's just a two-hour, 15-minute drive. There's more opportunity, but we need to continue to strengthen Rochester and Toronto and Southern Ontario" (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 9/20).
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