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Bills roundup: Club projected better ticket sales

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills already have sold more season tickets for 2012 than they did for last season, but that doesn't mean they're super thrilled with where they stand.

In case you only check the sports section and missed the story, Buffalo News reporter Gene Warner spoke with Bills CEO Russ Brandon about the kind of box-office response fans have delivered in what so far has been a red-hot offseason. The Bills added free-agent defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson and re-signed popular players such as running back Fred Jackson and receiver Stevie Johnson.

"With the offseason we've had, we were hoping we'd be a little further along with our season tickets," Brandon said, "but overall we're pleased with the progress we've made. ... We have a lot of work ahead of us. We continue to have a challenge to move that needle" on season tickets.

Brandon said the Bills already have surpassed the 40,000 season-ticket barrier. They sold 37,355 last year.

But they'll have to get cranking to catch the 56,011 they sold for 2008.

The Bills have one of the cheapest tickets in the NFL, and their season-ticket package consists of only seven regular-season games (because of the annual Toronto excursion) compared to eight around the rest of the NFL.

Some more Bills links of interest:

* Joe Buscaglia of WGR talks with receiver David Nelson about being mentored by Oakland Raiders legend Tim Brown.

* Sporting News writer Vinny Iyer ranks the 32 projected starting quarterbacks and slots Ryan Fitzpatrick at No. 20 -- ahead of some notables.

* Bills linebacker Kirk Morrison gives Buffalo Business First writer Tim O'Shei a tutorial on how to maximize Twitter followers.

* editor Brian Galliford updates the site's unofficial Bills depth chart.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

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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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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