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Seahawks gamer named Madden 17 Club Series champ

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 17, 2017 – 7:21 pm

The first-ever Madden 17 Club Series Championship held over the weekend certainly lived up to the hype. Fans from around the country tuned in to watch as the eight winners from the Bills, Steelers, Jaguars, Vikings, Chiefs, 49ers, Patriots and Seahawks tournaments took the national stage for a chance to advance to the final round.

David Katz “Bread” who represented the Bills in the match put on quite a performance against Pittsburgh’s “Misery” in the quarterfinals.  Although he was not able to come away with the victory, Katz’s play earned him $2,500 and 175 series points.

The winner of the championship, Seattle’s “Killer Mike” battled San Francisco’s “Monsta” in the exciting finale. With the win, “Killer Mike” took home $10,000, 350 series points and earned a place in the Madden 17 Championship that will take place later this month.


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What to watch for: Madden 17 Club Series

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 14, 2017 – 3:59 pm

With the first annual Madden 17 Club Series Championship kicking off tomorrow, here’s a one-stop shop guide for everything you need to know.

Get to know the players

Similar to the NFL athletes who prepare tirelessly to compete on Sundays, these Madden experts are ready to put their skills to the ultimate test. These players aren’t just your average video game lovers. Their Madden 17 aficionados, who’ve logged some serious man hours and turned their passion into much more than a hobby.

When the quarterfinals kick off, we’ll see four head-to-head matchups. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Jacksonville Jaguars ‘Trueboy’ vs. Seattle Seahawks ‘Killer Mike’
  • Pittsburgh Steelers ‘Misery’ vs. Buffalo Bills ‘Bread’
  • Minnesota Vikings ‘I Be Strafing’ vs. Kansas City Chiefs ‘LT’
  • San Francisco 49ers ‘Monsta’ vs. New England Patriots ‘ShutItDown’

The winners from each game will advance to the semifinals and get one step closer to the highly coveted championship round.

What to watch for

Bag of Tricks:

Representing their favorite teams on the big stage, the players are sure to pull out some unexpected trickery to get a leg up on the competition. Our very own ‘Bread’ is known to have a thing or two up his sleeve, so don’t be surprised if he’s got something in store.

Big Plays:

There’s nothing more exciting in the NFL than a game-changing play. The same is true in Madden 17. Whether you’re looking for crazy catches or momentum-swinging turnovers, this group of players will make it happen.

What’s on the line?

For each of the tournament’s players, the stakes are high. Not only will the champion earn some serious bragging rights, they’ll take home $20,000 and 500 series points. However, the rest of the all-stars won’t be going home empty handed.

2nd Place – $10,000 and 350 series points

3rd – 4th Place – $5,000 each and 250 series points

5th– 8th Place – $2,500 each and 175 series points

Tune in on Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m. PST to watch it all unfold.

  • Quarterfinals / Semifinals:
    • Twitch: EAMADDENNFL
    • YouTube: EASPORTS
    • Facebook Live: EASPORTSMADDENNFL
  • Finals:
    • NFL Network (6pm PST): Cable and validated digital products
    • Twitch: EAMADDENNFL
    • YouTube: EASPORTS
    • Facebook Live: EASPORTSMADDENNFL

 


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NFL to crown a Madden 17 champ on April 15

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 13, 2017 – 10:18 am

Bills fans, for the first time ever, the NFL will be crowning a Madden 17 champion!

The Madden 17 Club Series Championship, held in Burbank, Calif. on April 15 at 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. PST, will feature some of the nation’s most talented gamers. The event will be broken down into three rounds and consist of the winners from each of the eight participating club tournaments.

Representing the Bills in the Golden State is David Katz—also known as ‘Bread’—the winner of the Buffalo Bills Madden 17 Series Championship that took place in February at (716) Food and Sport. Throughout the day-long contest, Katz found himself up against some serious competitors. Playing for $10,000 in cash and prizes, and bragging rights of course, Katz defied the odds and pulled off a huge comeback win.

With the victory, Katz has earned the chance to prove himself on the national stage. Wish him luck as he takes on ‘Misery’, the Pittsburgh Steelers victor, in the quarterfinals.

Don’t miss out on the action! Here’s how you can watch:

  • Quarterfinals / Semifinals:
    • Twitch: EAMADDENNFL
    • YouTube: EASPORTS
    • Facebook Live: EASPORTSMADDENNFL
  • Finals:
    • NFL Network (6 p.m. PST): Cable and validated digital products
    • Twitch: EAMADDENNFL
    • YouTube: EASPORTS
    • Facebook Live: EASPORTSMADDENNFL

 

 


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Predict the Pick 2017

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 10, 2017 – 9:00 am

Bills fans the 2017 NFL Draft is less than a month away. You know what that means? It’s time to pick who you think the Bills will take first!

Predict the Pick, presented by M&T Bank, gives fans the opportunity to share their thoughts on one of the NFL’s most popular events. Fans who correctly predict Buffalo’s first Draft pick, will have the chance to meet him.

Don’t miss out! To make your pick, click here.

The contest will remain open until Wednesday, April 26 at 11:59 p.m.


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Lorenzo Alexander pays visit to local elementary school

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 6, 2017 – 11:37 am

He’s only been back in Western New York for a few days, but that hasn’t stopped Bills Pro Bowl linebacker Lorenzo Alexander from making a difference in the community.

On Tuesday, April 4, Alexander and his ACES Foundation, paid a special visit to Pembroke Intermediate School to meet with Mr. Brown’s fourth grade class.

“When I got back we went out there…We signed autographs for the kids, spoke to them about commitment and consistency and building relationships,” said Alexander. “I really liked the school and they’re doing a lot of great things out there.”

Reflecting on the afternoon, Alexander, this year’s Call to Courage Award recipient, explained that his main message to the young students was about character development.

“That’s what it’s always about – character,” said Alexander. “Being a great person, taking care of your classmates, your community and yourself and staying healthy – all the things you want to emphasize with kids. I emphasize with my own children.”

As far as his plans for the remainder of the offseason—in-between his duties on the field—Alexander aims to spend as much time giving back as he can.

“I think being my second year here, being more comfortable, how well the city embraced me last year and just the community, I wanted to get engaged sooner in that regard and give back when I have time in the offseason…”


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New Era Field tours kick off on Friday, April 7

Posted by Kelly Baker on April 4, 2017 – 10:47 am

Bills fans, what better way to kick off spring than with a fun-filled tour of New Era Field?

Tours begin on Friday, April 7 and run every other Friday until July, with time slots available at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Additional dates are offered every other Sunday, starting in August and continuing through October.

This exclusive Bills Experience provides fans with an up-close look at the facility’s suites and clubs, the field and much more!

Secure a spot on our next tour through the Bills Experience section in your Buffalo Bills or My One Buffalo mobile applications!

For details on pricing and Season Ticket Member discounts, click here.


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Bills fans and alumni weigh in on the 2017 schedule

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 29, 2017 – 4:46 pm

Each year, the Buffalo Bills Schedule Challenge, presented by Ellicott Hotels, offers Bills fans an opportunity to share their thoughts on the upcoming season. With the 2017 Schedule Challenge well underway, thousands of Bills supporters have already joined in on the fun.

Take a look at a few of the most common answers among fans:

-64% think the Bills will open the 2017 regular season at New Era Field

-42% think that the Miami Dolphins will be the first AFC East opponent that the Bills play at home

-52% think the Bills will play in two primetime games

-58% think the Buffalo will host a primetime matchup

In a recent appearance on The John Murphy Show, Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker also jumped into the conversation.

After taking the Challenge, here’s how the Bills legend thinks the 2017 campaign will play out:

-The Bills will open up the 2017 regular season on the road against division opponent the Miami Dolphins

-The Bills will have two primetime games and neither will be hosted at New Era Field

-Buffalo’s bye week will come in either Week 4, 5 or 6

How do your answers stack up against the competition? Take the quiz now to find out!

The Schedule Challenge ends on Friday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m.


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USA Football’s 2017 Grant Program now open

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 23, 2017 – 9:53 am

The 2017 USA Football Grant Program enables youth football leagues and scholastic teams to upgrade equipment, improve playing fields, recover from natural disasters and acquire life-saving equipment.  Applications for equipment, field and product grants are awarded to 501(c)(3)  tax – exempt youth, middle school and high school football programs throughout the United States.

Along with the grant program, USA Football has several other initiatives including the Heads Up Football initiative which the Bills proudly support in Western New York.  Though the USA Football Grant Program is available to any youth or school sponsored football organization, programs signed up and engaged in Heads Up Football are eligible for larger grant amounts.

Those wishing to submit a USA Football grant application will have until Wednesday, April 12 to do so.

For more information on USA Football’s 2017 Grant Program and to apply, please visit here.

 


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‘It’s morphin’ time’ with K. Williams’ daughter

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 22, 2017 – 5:21 pm

For “Power Rangers” fans everywhere, the hype for the newest movie is real. With the film set to hit theaters on Friday, March 24, generations of loyal supporters are jumping into the conversation.  Recently, Sports Illustrated turned to a few NFL players’ kids to get their take on the pop-culture craze and to ask the new cast some of their burning questions. Joining in the fun was none other than Kyle Williams’ 10-year-old daughter Kate.

The results? You guessed it, adorable.


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – March

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 20, 2017 – 3:59 pm

Don Smith has been a passionate Bills fan and valued Season Ticket Member for over four decades. A Buffalo native, Smith has come to cherish the time he’s spent cheering on his team and the unforgettable memories he’s made along the way. Reflecting on some of his most prized moments, Smith fondly explained that witnessing the Bills pull off one of the greatest comeback wins in sports history tops his list.

“Probably the favorite memory [I have] is ‘The Greatest Comeback,’ that is always right up there,” said Smith. “[But] if I put it in order, it would be going to the first Super Bowl.”

Over the years, Smith has enjoyed watching a variety of Bills players take the field. From his all-time favorite player quarterback Jim Kelly to his current favorite player QB Tyrod Taylor, Smith has proven himself a die-hard fan. For Smith, game days at New Era Field represent the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with his son and wife.

“There’s nothing like being out there [for] a big game,” said Smith. “Each Sunday it’s always special when the Bills are at home…it’s the whole thing.”

Like many other Bills Season Ticket Members, Smith appreciates the perks associated with his membership – especially the relationship he’s developed with his dedicated Account Service Representative, Ricky Ferrell.

Congratulations, Don!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Don for his many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of March. In addition to Don being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, he will receive two pregame on-field passes to a game during the 2017 season, a club seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2017 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, email us the account number, name and the reason for your nomination to Tickets@bills.nfl.net. Please use the subject line, “STM of the Month Nomination.”


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Bills annual Schedule Challenge now open

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 11, 2017 – 12:42 pm

Bills fans, it’s that time of year again! The Buffalo Bills Schedule Challenge, presented by Ellicott Hotels, has officially launched.

Fans who take a short quiz about Buffalo’s upcoming schedule will be entered for a chance to win a fun prize pack which includes, a pair of 2017 Club Season Tickets, on-field passes to the home opener and an autographed helmet!

Here’s how it works:

-Click here to begin the quiz

-Each question that you answer correctly counts as one entry

The Schedule Challenge will remain open until Friday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Good luck, Bills fans!


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Bills items now available on NFL Auction

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 6, 2017 – 5:14 pm

Bills fans, starting Monday, March 6, and continuing throughout the month, several unique pieces of Bills memorabilia will be up for bid on NFL Auction.

Items currently available include the following:

-A football-themed standing Buffalo

-Alumni autographed Buffalo Bills helmet

-Gold NFL shield turf (in celebration of Super Bowl 50)

Don’t miss out on your chance to take home a part of Bills history! To bid now, click here.

The proceeds generated from the auction will benefit the Buffalo Bills Foundation.

ABOUT THE BUFFALO BILLS FOUNDATION

The Buffalo Bills Foundation supports organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life in our region. This will be achieved through philanthropic investment in our community along with supporting NFL and team charitable initiatives.


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The Bills Store closed Feb. 13

Posted by Kelly Baker on February 11, 2017 – 1:55 pm

Bills fans, please be advised that The Bills Store, located on Abbott Road at New Era Field, will be closed on Feb. 13 due to scheduled maintenance. The store will resume normal business hours (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.) on Feb. 14.

For more information on The Bills Store, click here.


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Bills & Republic Services make environmental impact at New Era Field

Posted by Kelly Baker on February 10, 2017 – 2:48 pm

This year the Buffalo Bills once again proudly teamed up with Republic Services to make a huge difference on the environment. At each home game during the 2016-17 season, the Republic Services Blue Team collected the trash generated at New Era Field and converted it into a clean and renewable power source. This energy was then used to power homes and factories!

By the end of the season, 180, 468 kilowatts of renewable electricity was generated, which was enough to power 188 homes for an entire month. Through the process, 13,290 gallons of fuel oil were saved and 328.12 tons of greenhouse gases were avoided.

For more stats on how the Bills and Republic Services made an impact this year, click here.


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WNY youngster participates in NFL PPK National Championship

Posted by Kelly Baker on January 27, 2017 – 5:59 pm

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Selena Maldonado, who competed in the 8-9 girls division of the Buffalo Bills Punt, Pass & Kick Team Championship, has earned a trip to the 2017 Pro Bowl. After posting scores that landed her among the top four in the country, Maldonado has the opportunity to compete at the national level.

The championship, held on Friday, Jan. 27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, gave the top four boys and girls from each age division a platform to showcase their skills. Not only do the participants get a chance to be crowned champion, they also get to enjoy a full Pro Bowl experience which includes attending the game on Sunday, Jan. 29.

Displaying her best punt, pass and kick, Maldonado put on an impressive performance.

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Congratulations, Selena!

 


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Alexander visits Bills Flag Football team

Posted by Kelly Baker on January 27, 2017 – 3:33 pm

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At this year’s Pro Bowl, the NFL will host the NFL Flag Championships, powered by USA Football. Held at ESPN Wide World of Sports on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28, the competition will feature a total of 64 teams from around the nation.

Broken down into eight regional championships in four divisions, the winning teams each earned a trip to Orlando to compete in the big event. Additionally, 32 teams were selected by each of the NFL’s clubs to represent them in the 13-14 Boys division. Stopping by to show his support for Buffalo’s bunch, and to offer some tips for success, was Pro Bowl linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.


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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Dolphins game announced

Posted by Kelly Baker on January 17, 2017 – 12:12 pm

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The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Kim Summers has won the 50-50 raffle for the Bills-Dolphins game. The jackpot was $37,718, with a winning ticket for $18,859!

Congratulations, Kim!

For details on the Buffalo Bills Foundation’s 50-50 raffle, visit here.


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Iroquois HS lineman to receive scholarship

Posted by Kelly Baker on January 9, 2017 – 2:11 pm

Tonight at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant and Banquet Facility, the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation will present OL/DL Nathan Emer of Iroquois High School with the Tom Sestak and Tom Day Memorial Outstanding High School Defensive Lineman Award. Emer was selected for the prestigious award due to his exceptional ability on both the offensive and defensive line. In 2016, Emer led the Iroquois defense with 55 tackles and five sacks on the season.

His skills, which mirror those exemplified by former Bills elite defensive linemen Tom Sestak and Tom Day, have led him to be recruited by several college football programs.

Congratulations, Nathan!


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Andre Reed to debut on “Hawaii Five-0”

Posted by Kelly Baker on January 4, 2017 – 1:57 pm

From the football field to the television screen, it looks like Bills legendary wide receiver Andre Reed can do it all. This Friday at 9 p.m. ET., catch Reed as he makes his acting debut as a guest star on the hit CBS TV show “Hawaii Five-0.”

The suspenseful episode will feature the Five-0 on a mission to rescue main character Chin who was kidnapped. At the same time, Grover—another member of the Five-0—will be undercover posing as a car salesman in order to investigate a murder. Reed will be acting as a car dealership manager.

Bills fans, be sure to tune in and show Reed your support!

2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class member Andre Reed is introduced at halftime of Super Bowl XLVIII at Metlife Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Ben Liebenberg)


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Dunkirk coach named Bills – Don Shula NFL HS Coach of the Year Award nominee

Posted by Kelly Baker on January 3, 2017 – 6:33 pm

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The NFL today announced the full list of team nominees for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award. Nominated by the Buffalo Bills, is Dunkirk High School varsity football coach Mike Sarratori. The award recognizes the very best at the high school level in terms of integrity, leadership and commitment to player healthy and safety.

This year, Sarrotori led the Dunkirk Marauders to their first sectional title in school history. The Marauders then defeated Batavia (Section V) in the state tournament to advance to the NYSPHSAA Class B semifinals. In recognition for the standout season, Sarrotori was selected as the Bills and ADPRO Sports High School Coach of the Year for the Buffalo region. On Dec. 18, Sarrotori and each of the Coach of the Week winners from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions were honored on-field prior to the Bills vs. Browns game.

In celebration of Sarratori’s accomplishments, he and the other 31 team nominees received a special invitation to the 2017 Pro Bowl in Orlando. During the week-long celebration the group will be able to visit Pro Bowl practices, participate in the USA Football National Conference and more. In addition to their exclusive Pro Bowl experience, two award finalists will each be given $15,000 from the NFL Foundation—where $10,000 will go to each recipient’s high school football program.

The winner will be announced during the third quarter of the Pro Bowl.


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