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  • Commissioner announces Toronto plan for Bills

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced plans Friday for the Buffalo Bills to play an annual regular-season game in Toronto, starting this year.

    The announcement came during Goodell's state of the league address during the Super Bowl festivities in Phoenix, and will make the Bills the NFL's first team to play annual regular-season games outside the United States.
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    The Bills proposed the plan at the NFL owners meetings in October as part of their desire to expand their market to Toronto, Canada's largest city and financial capital, and located about a 90-minute drive from Buffalo.

    Under the team's proposal, the Bills would play some preseason games and one annual regular-season game at the downtown Rogers Centre -- a domed stadium with a retractable roof -- through 2012.
    Full story: http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=090...o&confirm=true



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  • #2
    its only a matter of time before they move. from a financial point of view, it makes perfect sense. theres a lot more money in toronto.

    its sad to see a historic team move though.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bigbluedefense View Post
      its only a matter of time before they move. from a financial point of view, it makes perfect sense. theres a lot more money in toronto.

      its sad to see a historic team move though.
      Yeah, it isn't a huge move or anything though. Like it said, 90 minutes. I think there will still be quite a few Buffalans(?) making the trip to TO on Sundays.


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      • #4
        Smart but sad move

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bigbluedefense View Post
          its only a matter of time before they move. from a financial point of view, it makes perfect sense. theres a lot more money in toronto.

          its sad to see a historic team move though.
          Exactly what I'm thinking. Given time this will happen soon enough. Well, at least its rather close.

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          • #6
            I was watching the Buffalo News Station(WKBW ABC). They were saying that tickets will cost around $250. So Idk..Its just evidence that slowly the buffalo bills will become the Toronto ????.



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            • #7
              I live in Toronto...i'll definitely try to go to the game. Hopefully the 49ers-Bills game is in Toronto

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              • #8
                Hopefully it's the Bucs game. That would be a win for me and the Bucs.

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                • #9
                  This is the beginning of the end for the Buffalo Bills. :(


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                  • #10
                    This is ****** horseshit.

                    We need to generate revenue for OUR AREA! On the football side, our entire metropolitan area from Rochester to Pendleton to Falconer to Binghamton are Bills Crazy and we sell out every game. Our area is adept for sports business. Last year, the Sabres were # 1 in team hockey jersey sales and 5 Sabre Players were in the top 10. We are home to New Era, the exclusive manufacturer of sports headwear. The Buffalo Bisons are a Frietas Award winning franchise that still draws a fantastic crowd, despite being only a minor league team.

                    We already have a big enough fan base in Ontario, and if people haven't discovered us yet I don't think they will. People will have to travel further from small metropolises such as Kitchener and Hamilton to get to Toronto instead of just crossing the border to Buffalo/Orchard Park (at least I think).

                    Billingsley is right too. Why would Toronto residents give a **** if the Bills come play? They won't even give the Argos the time of day, all people care about are the Leafs.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bills2083 View Post
                      This is the beginning of the end for the Buffalo Bills. :(
                      We feel for you, Buffalo is a great sports town. Its just a matter of time before a major market like Toronto gets its own team. If the Bills were to move somewhere Toronto would probably end up being the best situation for you guys anyways since its only a 90-min drive away.

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                      • #12
                        For all you people who live in toronto, dont think its easy to get tickets. go read the bills forum and read what i wrote regarding tickets. they will not be released to the public. everything will be through a lottery, and if you win, you MUST buy tickets to every game played in toronto at that point.


                        and for everyone else who thinks its a good idea financial wise, your wrong. you guys dont know toronto. especially as a sports town. it isnt evena hockey town its a leafs town. thats all they care about. if the team is doing hot, they will watch them. if the team is 500 or below, forget it. especially with the prices of tickets. case and point goes to the blue jays. on any given night, your lucky to get 20,00 teams for an average team. the raptors before they signed colangelo, were drawing well below sell out. now the raptors are winning, they are selling. The argos you ask, hahahhahaa, please, i wish people woould look at how well football is regarded in toronto via looking at the argos. they draw flies, and it is really garbage compared to out west.

                        i think this is a horrible move, and i give it about 3-5 years before the bills are pulling 4-12 or 3-13 seasons and there are about 20,00 fans in toronto watching the games.

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                        • #13
                          i live in Toronto and I can say with great accuracy that I will not be going to this game. $500+ for a pair of tickets? Ridiculous! Why would I pay that when I can go to a Bills game in Buffalo for $150 for a pair of tickets. The only thing is that is a really long drive, especially getting across the boarder.

                          Hopefully the Bills move to Toronto permanently. I would get season tickets for sure, if I could.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Billingsley26 View Post
                            For all you people who live in toronto, dont think its easy to get tickets. go read the bills forum and read what i wrote regarding tickets. they will not be released to the public. everything will be through a lottery, and if you win, you MUST buy tickets to every game played in toronto at that point.


                            and for everyone else who thinks its a good idea financial wise, your wrong. you guys dont know toronto. especially as a sports town. it isnt evena hockey town its a leafs town. thats all they care about. if the team is doing hot, they will watch them. if the team is 500 or below, forget it. especially with the prices of tickets. case and point goes to the blue jays. on any given night, your lucky to get 20,00 teams for an average team. the raptors before they signed colangelo, were drawing well below sell out. now the raptors are winning, they are selling. The argos you ask, hahahhahaa, please, i wish people woould look at how well football is regarded in toronto via looking at the argos. they draw flies, and it is really garbage compared to out west.

                            i think this is a horrible move, and i give it about 3-5 years before the bills are pulling 4-12 or 3-13 seasons and there are about 20,00 fans in toronto watching the games.
                            Theres a difference between baseball and NFL football. NFL in Toronto has a good chance of selling out only 8 home games per year, while the Jays have 81 and its almost impossible to sell out every game. Same for the Raptors, 41 home games per year and its hard 2 sell out every one. The NFL will find success in Toronto.

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                            • #15
                              This makes perfect sense financially. Buffalo has been able to sell games thanks in part to the thousands of people in Toronto willing to drive down to watch the game. What Toronto has is a large corporate presence that will be willing to get their names attached to this.

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