They are staking out positions.
Carl Heastie says it is too early to talk about building a new Buffalo Bills stadium. Who is Carl Heastie? He is the New York State Assembly Speaker and it will be the state that will be involved in a new Bills stadium talks. Bills ownership has not talked to Heastie about a new place and that is a talk’s obstacle. After the 2019 season Bills ownership can break the present lease. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has put Buffalo and western New York on notice that it is his opinion that the Buffalo Bills NFL franchise needs a new facility. Goodell was at a charity golf outing in western New York in June when he threw down the gauntlet. “The reason why I’m supportive is because I want to make sure this franchise remains stable here and continues and remain competitive. And I think it’s great for this community. And we’ve been able to do these stadiums in such a way that it creates a tremendous economic benefit, too. I want the Bills to be successful and I want them to continue to be competitive here in Buffalo.” Bills ownership has been far less verbal about the need for a new stadium.
Bills ownership’s lease in Orchard Park stadium ends in 2023. In 2012, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo found state money that was part of a deal to spend $130 million to fix up the stadium in exchange for extending the team’s lease. Buffalo got an American Football League franchise in 1959 and was a contender for an NFL team in 1950 after four years in the All-American Football Conference. But the Buffalo of 1959 is not the same as the Buffalo of 2019 which is much smaller and far less wealthy. Buffalo might not even be considered by NFL owners if the city was vying for a team today.