Oh well so much for its reported failure, for the Bills game in Toronto will be back awhile. At least for this year the game will be in December after the CFL season:[url=http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/05/22/report-bills-extend-series-in-toronto-through-2017]http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/0 ... rough-2017[/url]
Season tickets sales have risen 44% by Ontarians (over time) and 15% of the Bills season ticket holders are Canadians.
It is approved but it is not a done deal , yet. I guess that ROGERS is even dumber than even I thought.
Why only 5 years and not 8 like before.? Sched. conflicts? If ROGERS wants to PAY to help out the the BILLS , RALPH WILSON and the NFL what else can any one say? :lol:
Only suckers will once again think that this will get Toronto an NFL team. :roll:
Was it not a 5 year agreement previously as well? (2008-2012)
Sponsored by the CRTC
I think this is a very smart thing for the Bills, keep extending their reach to SO to Toronto and gain more fans regionally. This helps keep the Bills in Buffalo though and that's a good thing actually, for them and for us and really for NFL fans around here. Rogers isn't going to pay as much as last time and they get more dates at their barn for something. But pay enough that the Bills feel it worthwhile for them especially getting more people from Toronto area to purchase tickets or corporate boxes.
This is good actually for the overall sport and exposure of football in Canada on a live basis and I think indirectly helps the CFL by exposing more people to football here and to what is considered the highest league. That is good, gets more kids thinking about playing football even if just a bit more. I don't think it will affect the Argos attendance one way or another much actually though.
I do not recall and I am hoping someone can refresh my memory. The first time around, did Rogers/Bills not have to lower ticket prices for the games due to lower than expected sales? And were there not empty seats for some of the games along the way?
CRTC: Controlled by Rogers and the Telephone Company
Greased and delivered...
Yes, if I am not mistaken, there were a number of give-aways as well, just to make the place look full. I am sure that this time around, they will take a smarter aproach and not try to gouge ticket buyers - but, this is Rogers........
They also did not release the value of the deal…
Do not understand why the people of WNY are not demanding that Bills play all their games in Buffalo, that is if they want any US Gov money.
If I was a taxpayer in Buffalo, I would be outraged that my tax money was going to a team that plays some of their home games outside of Buffalo
GM just transferred the production of the most advance electric vehicle on the planet to China after getting 20 billion is tax money that they have yet to pay back… Americans are getting used to being sold out, groped and dictated to.
The people of Buffalo realize, and it's been said in articles, that they are in a small market and can't get the corporate dollars of many other teams and have inexpensive tickets due to the economy there. Toronto with having one home game and one less game in Buffao for the Bills fans is probably, as they see it, a necessary evil to help keep the team there. It really does makes sense not for them to utilize a corporation like Rogers that is willing to pony up some bucks and in the end, the Bills also gain new fans that might buy tickets or corporate suites.
Toronto actually helps the taxpayer in Buffalo, well those that want the Bills to stay, because it makes the Bills more money and therefore, I assume, less money out of their pockets for the stadium reno and that. That's the theory anyways I suppose.
The real Earl of Earl hits the nail on the head again. :thup:
Thanks Paolo, just repeating though what I've been reading in some Buffalo newspapers and NFL sites.
To show how little Rogers values the Bills games, they reportedly gave back this year’s exhibition game to Ralph Wilson for nothing! The $78M Rogers paid to Wilson for the games will now be amortized over 7 games, meaning each game cost Rogers $11.14M. OuchL!!
The new series, should Rogers decide to accept it, will include only one exhibition game and 5 reg. season games…for about $35M. Even if Rogers loses money on the series, its only a drop in the bucket compared to the tens of millions Rogers loses each year on the Blue Jays. And Rogers did report $12.4B in revenues last year. (This tape will self-destruct in 5 seconds)[url=http://www.torontosun.com/2012/05/22/bills-will-be-back-five-more-years]http://www.torontosun.com/2012/05/22/bi ... more-years[/url]