All parties involved in the new lease agreement were encouraged by the Bills renewed commitment to Buffalo with the new 10-year lease agreement. Though the Buffalo media wondered about the $28M buyout, Bills CEO Russ Brandon assured it’s a non-issue.
“The assurance is that we are standing here right now,” said Brandon. “The unwavering commitment of Ralph Wilson. The unwavering commitment of Governor Cuomo, Mark Poloncarz, our business leaders and our community leaders. This is, as I mentioned early, this is a monumental day for us. The Buffalo Bills are right here in Western New York—where we are going to be for many decades to come.”
When asked if that was a guarantee by him, Brandon offered the following.
“Guarantee. We are in Buffalo, Western New York. We are committed to this region,” said Brandon. “Mr. Wilson’s belief in this region 50 years ago is the same as it is today. We are excited about it.”
Brandon’s comments were subsequently supported by Lt. Governor Bob Duffy.
“The Buffalo Bills have never wanted to leave,” Duffy said. “They have wanted to stay here. They are a huge part of this community. It has been clear from day one. Looking at the realities, I think you take us through seven years. That is a great commitment right there. That gives us a chance as the County Executive mentioned, this community gets to look at options for a new stadium. I think anyone if there is ever an ownership change in the future, they look to how much is the community going to support this team. I do not think you can get a better support system than in Buffalo and Western New York for this team.”
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