"Toronto Bills" Will Host One Game in Each of Next Five Years

RealFootball365.comSenior Writer IFebruary 2, 2008

The Buffalo Bills have been approved to play in Toronto once per season over the next five years. The Bills also will play three preseason games in Toronto—every other season starting this year.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the Bills' plan "was done thoughtfully to help regionalize the team even more broadly." When asked whether the NFL wanted to put a team in Toronto permanently, Goodell told reporters, "That's not our focus right now. ... This is a deal for five years. We're going to focus on the next five years."

The games will be played at the Rogers Centre, the domed stadium where the Blue Jays and Argonauts both play. The Bills probably will play in December to avoid any conflicts with the CFL season, which ends in November.

Commentary: This deal should help the small-market Bills add some revenue, and it could be a precursor to a possible move to Toronto. Bills owner Ralph Wilson has said he will not move or sell the team while he is alive. But he is 89, so the Bills could be for sale sometime in the next decade—perhaps when the five years are up.

Fantasy Football Impact: None.

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