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Roger Goodell suggests key NY leaders understand Bills need a new stadium

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In an interview with ESPN prior to tonight's NFL draft, Roger Goodell reiterated Wednesday's comments that the league wants the Buffalo Bills to remain in Western New York, but that a new stadium is necessary.

"We want to keep our teams in their current markets," Goodell said at Radio City Music Hall in New York. "In particular, I think the Bills fans have demonstrated their passion and their support of that team.

"I do believe that we need to have a new stadium. I think the changes that are being made to Ralph Wilson Stadium are great, short-term improvements. But they're not long-term solutions for the Bills and Western New York or for the league.

"From the governor to Senator Schumer to the county executive, I think there's a great deal of interest to saying, 'Let's put something together that allows this team to be successful in Western New York.' We'll obviously have to combine that with the ownership when that's selected."

  • Matt Bossert

    I am so sick of this crap. The commissioner of the most successful sports league on the planet forcing taxpayers to build stadiums for his league? Build your own freaking stadiums. You want your teams to stay in their current markets? Let the league put their money where their mouth is.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining NFL.com as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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