Richard  Kowalski

Richard Kowalski

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Im a Bills Fan for life. From Orchard Park

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  • Steve Thompson posted 1941 days ago

    Steve Thompson

    Apology accepted Richard. Let me make one thing clear: I personally do not want to see Buffalo lose the Bills after so much loyalty over the years. (Occasionally I go down to Buffalo on shopping expeditions to Boulevard Mall on Niagara Falls Blvd. I enjoy my visits.) What I am writing about is a series of articles that try to illustrate what is going on behind the scenes that the public may not grasp and what other insightful writers in newspapers attempt to do. (I am currently writing lots of similar articles about the Balsillie-Phoenix bid.) In this and other articles, I have written about the Buffalo situation, I have been trying to point out the arrogance of the NFL particularly to foreign fans. There is a lot of mindless worship of the NFL in Toronto that wants overlook the things the NFL is doing in order to get a team at any cost. One trend in major North American professional sports (except maybe the CFL) is the growing elitism of the leagues. This is shown in ticket prices, the new stadiums/arenas that are being built (Yankee Stadium, the new Mets stadium, the Dallas stadium, and the new one that will be built in Los Angeles), and other things like the growing number of sports on pay-per-view and cable/satellite channels that the average fan can't afford.
    The NFL has shown particular contempt for the average fan that no matter how much we love football, we can't be blind to. Fans like you in Houston, Cleveland, Baltimore, Oakland, and St. Louis lost their teams no matter how much loyalty and devotion were shown. The NFL has already allowed Ralph Wilson to tap into the Toronto market, (another elitist ploy) no matter how loyal the fans in Buffalo have been. If they are going to allow teams in more glamorous cities like Houston to leave, they certainly aren't going to defend Buffalo with any ardor. The only city to stand up to the NFL was Los Angeles where athletes take second place to movie stars and told the NFL to take a hike when they lost the Raiders and Rams.
    The potential builders of the new Los Angeles stadium have publicly stated (you can read it on the Internet) that they will not build the stadium until they are assured of stealing an established team from another city. Buffalo is a target and given Ralph Wilson's recent show of non-loyalty to Buffalo, he would certainly be interested if Los Angeles approached him. And I doubt if that the NFL would be in any hurry to grant Buffalo a new expansion franchise.
    In this hypothetical case which could happen, Buffalo's future is threatened and if the worst occurs, the door is wide open for the CFL to move into territory the NFL doesn't seem to care about. Ex-NFL players have already called for the CFL to return to the United States now that NFL Europe has been dismantled. Perhaps Buffalo might be better off in the CFL with cheaper tickets, a more fan-friendly atmosphere, and where the franchise might be appreciated more.