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Poll: To be fair, one more Bills blackout question

By Tim Graham

Here's an example of your Press Coverage blog working for you.

In the comments section underneath my recent breakdown of our Buffalo Bills blackout polls, reader LoganInEA took umbrage with the wording of a question.

The reader believed the second poll question had a "fundamental flaw." It read "How reasonable is it to expect the Bills to forfeit revenue by adopting the NFL's new blackout policy?"

LoganinEA protested to using the word "expect," claiming it induced readers to improperly vote based on a prediction of what the Bills will do and not to correctly vote based on what readers personally would like.

I understand the reader's concern, although I mostly disagree. I used parenthetical remarks in the answers that I thought made clear readers were to respond with an opinion, not prognostication.

But I'm all for fairness, I'm posting the question as LoganinEA would phrase it.

Here is the question LoganinEA wanted asked:

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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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