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09:21 AM ET 09.22 | The Buffalo Bills are closing in on a deal to extend their series of playing regular-season games in Toronto. "We'll be having an announcement on that," Rogers Communications vice chairman Phil Lind said Friday. Without providing a timeline, Lind said "It'll be soon." Bills CEO Russ Brandon said discussions with Rogers are continuing, and added: "We hope to announce a new deal in the near future." The Bills and Rogers, the Toronto-based media giant, already have NFL approval to extend the series once it expires after this season. Brandon said last week the two sides are expected to meet in early October. The extension is expected to be similar to the previous one, lasting five years and having Buffalo playing one annual regular-season game in Canada's largest city. It's unclear whether preseason games will be included in the extension.

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September 22, 2012  09:25 AM ET

To***to doesn't know what to do with a real sports franchise.

September 22, 2012  09:25 AM ET

The International Bills!!!

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September 22, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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The International Bills!!!

Now they can stink in two countries!

September 22, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Not too often we get a Bills thread.

September 22, 2012  09:46 AM ET

If this helps keep the Bills in Buffalo, then I guess I'm OK with it.

September 22, 2012  09:53 AM ET
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If this helps keep the Bills in Buffalo, then I guess I'm OK with it.

They are not going anywhere. This is about leverage with the State over a new stadium deal. The old we have other choices ya know.

The thing that bugs me is the owners got to keep an extra BILLION of the top in that last CBA deal. They said they needed it to build and refurbish stadiums for the long term "good" of the league. They need to be called out on it.

September 22, 2012  09:53 AM ET

Oh Canada........................promising, very promising, like we need this!

September 22, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Toronto is not an option. These games have been fan flops there the last five years. It is only Bills fans going over the Peace bridge to Canada that gives the game any semblance of appeal.

September 22, 2012  09:56 AM ET
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...The thing that bugs me is the owners got to keep an extra BILLION of the top in that last CBA deal. They said they needed it to build and refurbish stadiums for the long term "good" of the league. They need to be called out on it.

Yeah... so let's see - which teams "need" a new stadium?

That's one damned short list.

September 22, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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Toronto is not an option. These games have been fan flops there the last five years. It is only Bills fans going over the Peace bridge to Canada that gives the game any semblance of appeal.

Marketing... pure and simple. You and I both know that "fannies in seats" isn't near as important as selling the brand.

September 22, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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Marketing... pure and simple. You and I both know that "fannies in seats" isn't near as important as selling the brand.

True, every owner starts the year with his money guaranteed from the share system. Add in the 60/40 split on attendance and every owner is a winner. MLB has failed in Canada, the NFL will in the long term too as a marketing device.

September 22, 2012  10:10 AM ET

NOTE: owner Ralf Wilson is 93 years old. The highest ranking relative in the organization is Mary Owen, Wilson's niece, who serves as Vice President of Strategic Planning.

Something has got to give. Or be sold.

September 22, 2012  10:13 AM ET
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Now, the NFL will explore a team's geographical shift to LA.

Bad enough placing an NFL team in Canada.

Now you're telling us that they're also going to plant a team in Mexico?

September 22, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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NOTE: owner Ralf Wilson is 93 years old. The highest ranking relative in the organization is Mary Owen, Wilson's niece, who serves as Vice President of Strategic Planning.Something has got to give. Or be sold.

As I read it... the family isn't interested in running the team.

Sold!!!

September 22, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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As I read it... the family isn't interested in running the team. Sold!!!

And moved to LA! The Los Angeles Bills has a certain ring to it. Although, to truly appeal to the locals there, they will have to change their logo to a dollar sign or a rolled up bill suitable for ingesting certain drugs through the nose.

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September 22, 2012  12:20 PM ET

Why are there only 11 men on the field, eh?

 
September 22, 2012  12:21 PM ET
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They will probably have to sell for his estate planning.

Could be. But the value is down now and we all know it increases by 50% when you have a new stadium.

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