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Bullet points of Buffalo Bills' 10-year stadium lease agreement

By Tim Graham

At least for a day, when people think about the future of the Buffalo Bills it won't be in the context of firing Chan Gailey or dumping Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Buffalo News is reporting the Buffalo Bills, New York State and Erie County have agreed to lease extension for Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is on his way to Orchard Park this morning to announce the deal.

The lease's bullet points from Buffalo News state capital reporter Tom Precious, who spoke with unnamed sources:

  • * 10 years in length
  • * Bills must pay a $400 million relocation penalty if they leave with one exception
  • * Bills have a one-time option to leave after the seventh year with a $28.4 million penalty
  • * $130 million will be spent on stadium renovations
  • * Bills will contribute $35 million to the renovations
  • * State and county to split $95 million on renovations
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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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