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Buffalo Bills Reportedly Set to Discuss Future of Toronto Series with Canadian Officials

January 6th, 2014 at 1:38 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

If a report in the Toronto Star holds true, the Bills Toronto Series could soon be coming to an end.

The paper reported Buffalo Bills team officials are set to meet with Rogers Communication leaders some time next week. Rogers owns the Rogers Centre, which has hosted the Bills in Toronto through the series' six-year history.

'Rogers Centre' photo (c) 2008, Philip Tellis - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

CEO Russ Brandon said after last month's loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the Rogers Centre that he was ready to re-examine the series. Attendance has dipped in five of the six years of the series and hit a low this season, in part because the Bills and Rogers Centre stopped giving tickets away in 2012 to pad attendance. The Bills have lost five of six games there, in part because of what's essentially been a  neutral crowd with no rooting interest in the Bills.

Brandon reiterated at last week's season-ending press conference the future of the series is under review:

"We’re still in that evaluation mode. … we’re going to have a thorough organizational meeting on anything and everything that touches the football operation … that’s what we’re going to do, and that will fall into that bucket."

The Bills said through a spokesman over the weekend that no meeting has been scheduled. This could be technically correct but not the entire truth, though, as the Bills could be set to speak without a firm time and date scheduled.

The Bills signed a five-year extension to the series prior to the 2013 season. With four years left on that deal, it's not certain what sort of buyout or other concessions would have to be made should the Bills want out but Rogers not want to consent.

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