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Rogers Centre Controversy for the Bills

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With less than 40,000 turning up at the Rogers Centre for the Buffalo Bills game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, many people think the Bill’s annual game there, may not be the best idea; including Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. YNN's Jennifer Auh has more on the story.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- “When we did the negotiations with the bills, he truthfully talked about more games in Toronto, which our response was no," said Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Executive.

And fans seem to agree.

With a record of one in five, some fans say it just doesn’t feel like a home game in Toronto.

“I think it’s a terrible idea for Buffalo to play anymore games in Toronto. I know the team needs the revenue, but any more and it won’t be our team," said Michael Morse, Buffalo Resident.

Whether it’s the raiders, the bears, the jets or the Giants, Bills fans say the people of Toronto seem to have their own favorite teams.

“You can hear it on the TV, when the games are being played; they cheer good plays no matter what team is making them," he went on to say.

However, not everyone is against the idea.

"It’s indoors, its clean, I was up there for the Seahawks-Bills game, it’s a great reason to go up and visit," said Matthew Guzzetta, Resident.

On Wednesday, Russ Brandon talked to WGR 550. The Buffalo Bills signed a five-year deal this year to continue playing at Rogers Centre but Brandon says he is carefully reviewing all aspects of his team, including the deal in Toronto.

“We’ve had great growth in the southern Ontario market over the last five years, back here at Ralph Wilson stadium. It has been a challenged market there. It certainly has not translated into enough wins for us there. So nothing comes above winning," Brandon said.

The Bills hope to draw a bigger fan base by playing in Toronto but Sunday’s game drew the smallest crowd ever.

However, Brandon says the Toronto series has kept the team more viable.

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