More Bills games for T.O.?

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

The city of Toronto is not trying to steal the Bills from Buffalo.

At the same time, it welcomes the opportunity to host more than one Bills regular-season game a year, especially if the NFL expands its present schedule from 16 to 18 games.

So says Rogers Communications vice-chairman Phil Lind, who tried to pass on that message this week during various interviews with the American media.

"Depending on the arrangements, I wouldn't mind one more game here," Lind told The Associated Press yesterday. "Especially if the NFL's going to nuke two of their pre-season games. I would think for certain, we would have one of those games."

Earlier in the week, Lind said he had sympathy for emotional Bills supporters who fret over the future of the franchise.

"The sad part is Bills fans," Lind said. "Outside of that, it is a win-win situation. In terms of Buffalo fans, the ones who think about it for a while, think it's a good idea, too.

"The Bills have always tried to expand their base (like) having their training camp in Rochester. They are pushing out because the city of Buffalo is not as strong (financially) as other cities. By linking up with other cities and sharing a game or two, it's a tremendously positive force to keeping the team in Buffalo, which is what we are trying to do.

"Our involvement gives the Bills extra financial muscle to stay in Buffalo."

Rogers agreed to pay the Bills $78 million US for eight games in Toronto, five of those regular-season contests.

For regular-season games, the Bills do about $6 million in ticket revenue. In Toronto, they're being paid around $10 million.


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