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04/13/2014 06:37 PM Posted By: TWC News Staff
Rochester: Levy shares thoughts on Kelly and Wilson
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It's been an emotional few weeks for the Bills community with the death of longtime owner Ralph Wilson and Jim Kelly's ongoing fight against cancer.

Sunday we caught up with Bills Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy at a sports memorabilia show in Amherst.

He called Wilson a great man and one who will be sorely missed. He also talked about the toughness Kelly brought as a player, something he needs now more than ever.

"His teammates had such high regard for him, for such good reason," Levy said. "He's fighting quite a battle, we are all praying for him, and we just hope for the best, for the best outcome for him and for his wonderful family."

Levy said he plans to visit Kelly down in New York City sometime within the next 10 days.


04/10/2014 02:54 PM Posted By: TWC News Staff

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — One day after releasing their list of 2014 preseason opponents, the Buffalo Bills have announced set dates and times.

• Sunday, Aug. 3 - vs. New York Giants (Canton, OH) - 8 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 8 - at Carolina - 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 16 - at Pittsburgh - 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 23 - vs. Tampa Bay at Ralph Wilson Stadium - time TBA
• Thursday, Aug. 28 - vs. Detroit at Ralph Wilson Stadium - 7 p.m.


Updated 04/10/2014 09:40 PM Posted By: Ryan Whalen
Rochester: Falls mayor says Bills Stadium in Niagara County an option
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — For as long as there's been talk about the Buffalo Bills moving from Orchard Park, Niagara Falls has been in the conversation.

"There's no disputing the fact that southern Ontario is an important base of support for the Buffalo Bills franchise," said Mayor Paul Dyster, D-Niagara Falls.

The proximity to the border is among the biggest reasons the Bills New Stadium Working Group was already talking about the Falls when it met for the first time last week.

"It's very early days for this process and at this point I think it would be crazy to say everything wasn't on the table," Dyster said.

Dyster was appointed to the advisory committee by the governor. Dyster said although the group's scope was originally to look at stadium options in Erie County, it's already broadened.

"The lieutenant governor, who's one of the co-chairs, made clear at our first meeting that from his and presumably the state's perspective, it's important to look at all the various options," he said.

Dyster is the only elected official from Niagara County on this committee, but he says in this instance, he doesn't feel pressure to advocate for the region.

"I've said it before. I'll say it again. If we manage to keep the Bills here in Western New York long-term, then all the communities of Western New York are going to be winners," he said. "If we lose the team, we're all losers so, I think this is a real test of our ability to pull together."

Right now, Dyster said the committee needs to work quickly to put dollar figures on all the options, whether that means retrofitting the current stadium or building a new one.

"We know, presumably that for somebody to come forward and make that type of commitment, they have to know that the team is going to be financially viable long term and what type of stadium the Bills are playing in," he said.

The mayor said locations all over Western New York are in play, not just Erie and Niagara counties.

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04/09/2014 03:24 PM Posted By: TWC News Staff

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions during the 2014 preseason. The lineup was released Wednesday.

The Bills and New York Giants open the NFL preseason in the Hall of Fame game, capping off Hall of Fame induction weekend in Canton.

• vs. New York Giants - 8 p.m. August 3, Canton OH
• at Carolina Panthers
• at Pittsburgh Steelers
• vs. Tampa Bay at home
• vs. Detroit at home

The dates and times for the games will be announced at a later date.


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