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NFL in Los Angeles: Bills out of the mix?

By Tim Graham

I know I'm a little late here. I meant to post an item about this Tuesday but got sidetracked by Josh Gordon's pro day workout, the Toronto ticket-price slashtacular and what I thought was an interesting initial volley from the Indianapolis Colts on the blackout issue.

CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora wrote a lengthy overview of the NFL's future in Los Angeles and provided some interesting lines about the Buffalo Bills.

La Canfora sounded definitive in declaring the Bills will not move to Los Angeles, but added they someday could relocate to Canada.

From the story:

And the Bills are a regional franchise, drawing from a wide geographical swath, much like the Vikings. They aren't going anywhere, except, say, maybe at worst a few hours away. There will be sufficient local ownership options when Ralph Wilson passes, and the NFL believes among Western and Central New York, Southern Ontario and Toronto, there is sufficient support to make it work with a new facility. Rogers Communications in Toronto would surely be interested, and building a world-class facility in Canada would make things interesting. Regardless, the Bills aren't going to California.

La Canfora didn't elaborate on whether he knows the Bills aren't in the Los Angeles derby or he's speculating.

But what he wrote is in line with a growing confidence among insiders around these parts that one of our moneyed, sports-minded locals -- Terry Pegula, Tom Golisano, Bob Rich, whoever Jim Kelly's money men are, some combination of the above or whatever -- will emerge to purchase the Bills and make sure they don't leave Western New York.

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Tim Graham

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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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