We’re back to kick off another week as minicamp looms around the corner. Players returned to the building for check-ins this afternoon with the mandatory on-field sessions getting underway Tuesday morning. We began the show with the news of the day, which included the team setting the franchise record for ticket sales. We asked the season ticket holders to call in to share their favorite part of coming to Ralph Wilson Stadium on a continuous basis during the season.
Bills President Russ Brandon sat down in-studio to discuss today’s news. He gave credit to the offseason additions and aggressive nature of the team’s front office and coaching staff for the spike in sales. The fans, of course, play a big part in setting the mark and Brandon mentioned the importance of “loyalty and commitment” from those that attend the games. When it came to the main reason, he alluded to the franchise stability implemented when Terry and Kim Pegula took over ownership.
“I think it’s the number one reason and everything else a part of the process. I think the foundation of why we’re sitting here today talking about this is because of Terry and Kim Pegula, the stability of the franchise, and the continuity of the franchise for decades to come. I know we’ve talked about this before but that collective anvil we have been carrying around that we threw in the bottom of Lake Erie on October 8th is no longer.”
A little after the top of the hour, we were joined by Monday Quarterback Club President Paul Peck. Peck, a former sportscaster in the area turned business professional, talked about the goal of the MQC, which allows for the business type to connect with the Bills on a personal level. He went on to mention the upcoming seven evening events for the upcoming season, first of which on the road at Training Camp in Pittsford, NY in early August. For more information on the Monday Quarterback Club, including membership info, check out http://mondayqbc.com/index.php
Finally, Senior Writer for Silver and Black Illustrated Michael Wagaman called in to round out the show. Wagaman talked about the Raiders and their possible move back to Los Angeles, which hinges on the need for a new stadium. He went on to discuss where the support may or may not come from in the Oakland area and recognized the league’s stance on the importance of having an NFL franchise in Los Angeles. Wagaman said he expects to hear in the next coming weeks that “Oakland will be one of the teams moving back down to LA.”
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