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Buffalo Bills Reportedly Eyeing Move To Austin, TX

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The Buffalo Bills are reportedly looking at a move to Austin, TX if they are unable to secure a new home venue in Buffalo.

On Sunday, Terry and Kim Pegula, proprietors of the Buffalo Bills, announced that they would be seeking full funding for a new stadium for the Bills through taxpayer money. Talks between the Pegulas and New York state took a turn when the ownership announced — shortly after they submitted their taxpayer-centered proposition — that the team would consider moving to Austin if their bid is not accepted.

ESPN’s Seth Wickersham tweeted, “An ownership source tells me that Austin is a possible destination—or threat—as one of the ‘other cities elsewhere that desire an NFL franchise and would pay handsomely for it.'”

Other metropolitan cities — including Orlando, Sacramento, Portland — are also keen on acquiring an NFL franchise, so an exodus from Buffalo is possible, even if the news sounds like a vapid ultimatum. The pressure falls on New York state to find a comprehensive funding approach to fulfill the owners’ request for an upgrade.

Plans have been proposed to move the team from Highmark Stadium, the current home of the Bills, either by building a new stadium at the same location or by moving to a neighboring venue within the state.

The current contract between the Bills and Highmark Stadium is set to end in 2023, so if the Pegulas can’t come to an agreement on a new stadium in Buffalo, Highmark, which first opened in 1973, may be put to rest in just two short years.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

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  1. NoOoOoO!! Make it stop! California’s hipster embassy in Texas doesn’t need a team. The Longhorns are & will always be a bigger draw. The “Austin Bills” (?) will be the third most popular team in the city behind the Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys.

    The BUFFALO Bills are a storied team. One of the most loyal fan bases in football. Who cares if it’s old!? They still sell out the arena.

    They are going to move it to a city with nothing but a bunch of liberal hipster transplants / bohemian tech bro’s and homeless people ?? Give me a break.

  2. I hate how these billionaire owners threaten to take away teams from die hard home fans if they don’t all come together to foot the bill for these new mega stadiums. Hey how about you own the team and have billions of dollars so it is your responsibility to pay for the stadium. I’m sure you will quickly make the money back in higher ticket prices at the new stadium anyway. Taxpayers need to stop voting to pay for these stadiums and make owners actually take care of the team.

  3. Tax payers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for a new stadium. I don’t know if it’s possible but all the entities that will profit from a new stadium should pay for it, starting with the Pegula’s.

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