User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Horses
Golf
Auto
Soccer
More
Betting Tools

 
County exec: Bills lease negotiations progressing

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Wednesday that progress is being made in lease negotiations between the county, state and Buffalo Bills to keep the team at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Advertisement
The talks, the latest of which took place Tuesday, have picked up in recent weeks, Poloncarz said, after slowing while state officials dealt with the preparation and aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated parts of the East Coast in October.

``We've made plenty of progress. It's a very complicated deal,'' Poloncarz said. He declined to discuss details or say when an agreement might be reached.

The Bills' current lease expires July 31.

The Bills and county officials earlier this year raised the idea of extending the current agreement by one year amid concerns about the pace of negotiations. Poloncarz initially said he hoped a deal in principal would be reached by the time the Bills opened training camp this past July.

``We are certainly talking about everything but I think we all agree it makes more sense to get a long-term deal done than negotiate a one-year deal and then in six months have to pick it back up again,'' he said by phone Wednesday.

Buffalo Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold declined to comment on the talks. Earlier Wednesday, Chief Executive Russ Brandon told WGR radio that ``we're making progress.''

The latest talks were first reported by the Buffalo News.

Though the franchise's future in Buffalo is uncertain once 94-year-old owner Ralph Wilson dies, team officials have maintained their commitment to staying in Buffalo and continuing to play at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.

The biggest obstacle in negotiations has been determining how to divide up the costs for $200 million in renovations and upgrades the Bills are seeking to have done to the 39-year-old facility.

----

AP Sports Writer John Wawrow contributed to this report.

---

Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
David: 2015 SuperContest open!
Longtime Chiefs exec Steadman dies
Pack TE Quarless charged with firing gun
News: Books make Winston ROY favorite
Chargers' Gates given 4-game suspension
Jets' Richardson suspended four games
Packers' Jones banned for opener
Cowboys LB McClain suspended 4 games
Texans release DL Ivory after arrest
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2014 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Vince Akins + 1826
Joe Williams + 1594
Bruce Marshall + 1341
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 100
Mark Franco + 100
Doc's Sports + 100
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Vince Akins 57 %
Doc's Sports 57 %
Stephen Nover 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 630
Marc Lawrence + 610
Vince Akins + 436
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1252
Hank Goldberg + 505
Joe Williams + 273
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1114
The Gold Sheet + 1043
Stephen Nover + 750
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy Sager Bomb