NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: New stadium would benefit Bills – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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Goodell: Four preseason games not necessary
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is spending Monday in Western New York, playing in Hall of Famer – and cancer-free legend – Jim Kellys charity golf tournament.

Not surprisingly, Goodell again took the occasion to push for a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills, even seemingly subtly threatening the city and fan base.

Share Share Bills Links, 6/4: More stadium talk in Buffalo tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Jim Kelly hosted his annual golf tournament on Monday, which is regularly attended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. As has happened in the past, Goodell addressed the Buffalo Bills need for a new stadium, which always leads to a healthy debate among fans. You can find the latest on Goodells comments below as part of todays Bills Links.

Goodell spoke to reporters before teeing off at Kellys annual event, and was asked about the alleged need for the Bills to play in a new facility.

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The reason why Im supportive is because I want to make sure this franchise remains stable here and continues and remain competitive, Goodell said, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. And I think its great for this community. And weve been able to do these stadiums in such a way that it creates a tremendous economic benefit, too.

Roger Goodell backs new Bills stadium: I want them to be competitive here in Buffalo – The Buffalo NewsThe NFL commissioners remarks are similar to those he made during the 2016 Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Tournament.

I want the Bills to be successful and I want them to continue to be competitive here in Buffalo.

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The remarks are similar to the ones Goodell made in 2016 at the same event, when he said Buffalo must stay up with modern NFL facilities.

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Reporters on Monday pressed Goodell on whether that meant the Bills could relocate and he responded, I dont know about that.

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Its nothing new to see the NFL and team owners threaten fan bases with relocation unless residents pony up the money for a new stadium.

Earlier this year at the NFL owners meetings, Buffalo owner Terry Pegula was asked about the stadium issue and said the league more or less wants to see something done one way or the other.

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Buffalo is one of the smaller markets in the NFL, and any way we can increase our revenue, theyre for it, he said.

Goodell also reiterated the league’s preference in pushing for the Bills to build a new stadium to replace their existing facility, which was built in 1973. He said new stadiums play a key role in ensuring franchise stability by continuing to attract fans, who expect more modern amenities due to technological advancements made over the past two decades.

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Of course when it came to the billion-dollar question – would Terry and his wife, Kim, foot the bill for new home digs? – he answered, I dont know.

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The Pegulas have commissioned CAA ICON to complete a market research study to help determine the best option. More than 30,000 people have been surveyed and focus groups have been held. The results are expected this summer.

I think the answer is probably a scaled-down version of some of these palaces that are being built around the country, Terry Pegula said at the owners meetings. The thing [Rams owner] Stan [Kroenke] is building in L.A. is amazing, Jerry Jones facility in Dallas. So we need to do something thats Buffalo style.

The Pegulas ponied up $18 million for a state-of-the-art performance facility that opened in April.

If Goodell wants the Bills to be competitive, having top-notch practice, treatment and meeting spaces for players – you know, the people who actually determine wins and losses – to use on a daily basis is a lot more important than a stadium they use 10 times a year.

“I’m not sure, talking with coaches, that four preseason games is necessary any more to get ready for a season to evaluate players, develop players,” he added. “There are other ways of doing that, and we’ve had a lot of discussions about that.”

Erie County owns New Era Field, and in 2012 the Pegulas signed a lease that runs through 2023; the deal includes $130 million in renovations to the building.

“What works in Dallas doesn’t work in Buffalo necessarily,” he added. “The reason why I’m supportive is I want to make sure this franchise remains stable here and continues and remains competitive. I think it’s great for this community.”

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Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz said in March that renovation might be more beneficial than a new stadium: We know if we can extend the lifespan of that stadium for another 25 years, and if it worked for our market, why would we not do that?

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Poloncarz has a point, and the Bills wouldnt be the only franchise to take the renovation route: Arrowhead Stadium, which is slightly older than New Era, underwent a $375 million renovation about a decade ago; the Hunt family paid $125 million of that, and the rest was paid by Jackson County, which owns the facility.

Soldier Field, the second-oldest stadium in the NFL (L.A. County Coliseum is oldest), underwent extensive renovations in 2002-03, at a cost of $630 million. That, however, was paid for entirely by taxpayers, and as of 2016, residents were still paying for the project.

The NFLPA wants more money available for the lower paid players, a higher cap number, better health care both short and long-term, and money for retired and previous players. And they want more money from other sources than just TV contracts. This is where things may change the most. The NFL loves the rookie wage scale but the NFLPA may not offer it again this time around if the league doesn’t concede on other issues.

Goodells job is to promote and push for whatever the majority of NFL owners want, and to make those owners more money (those two things are not mutually exclusive, of course).

This will be an interesting situation for the league and the NFLPA considering that many NFL cities do not currently allow recreation or medicinal use of marijuana but that too is changing around the nation. THC is going to get its hearing this time around and we are likely to see a reduction or maybe even removal of the substance as it relates to failed tests.

Unless Goodell knows something the rest of us dont – i.e. that the Pegulas want out already – the Bills have been a model of stability for the entirety of their existence: founder Ralph Wilson owned the team for over 54 years, until the day he died in 2014 at age 95.

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Again, practice and training facilities, which can attract top free agents, seem far more important to the teams success than its home stadium. A great quarterback, good coach and strong front office are also more important.

The NFL has long wanted to extend the regular season by as many as two games. This has been met with a hard “no” from the NFLPA who cite concerns over injury and compensation to the players. The NFLPA has not come out and said they will 100% consider it but the league could be ready to make concessions that could make that happen.

Bills fans are proud, loyal (if a little crazy) and continue to attend games even though their team has made but one playoff appearance in the past 19 years.

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But like many other cities that once thrived on manufacturing, Buffalos population is half what it was at its peak in 1950; Erie County has lost roughly 200,000 residents since the 1970 census. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last month that the average weekly wage in Erie is $925, or $48,100 annually.

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There are currently 2019 Bills season tickets available through the team website for $468 – if the team builds a new stadium, what are the odds they remain relatively affordable like that?

This is where it is going to get interesting because at the heart and soul of the entire negotiations is money. The NFLPA has watched the NFL bring in more and more money from television contracts and the annual increase in cap dollars has not risen to match that monetary increase by the league.

Goodells contention that a new stadium would be an economic boon for the county and area is dubious as well – stadium deals almost always benefit the team, not the government that owns it.

Now, do the football decision-makers from each team prefer the extra game time to sort out the rosters? Most do. It gets brought up every training camp, usually as a pump-the-brakes comment when it comes to a camp practice phenom or rookie, that some players do well in practice but not necessarily in the bright lights of a real game. Or vice versa. Certainly, fewer preseason games makes that more difficult to sort through. But regardless, teams and decision-makers would adapt if there were any changes. They always do. And maybe there won't be any changes. It's not like this hasn't come up before, and the NFL has remained a 4-16 split.

Even though Erie County owns the stadium, the Bills reap the money that came from the reported seven year, $40 million naming-rights deal with New Era.

It's not a new concept, the idea of shortening the preseason. Where once teams played six preseason games, key players — in large part protecting them from injury before games that count — don't even play a bulk of the preseason. So the fact commissioner Roger Goodell suggested again Monday that preseason games don't measure up to NFL quality enough of the time and that four preseason games aren't needed to evaluate the roster doesn't come as a major surprise.

As outlined in The Atlantic last November, cities dont benefit like sports teams and leagues want you to believe. The construction jobs created when a new arena is built are temporary, and its not always local workers who get them.

These are the topics as well that are going to come up now, as the NFL and NFL Players Association near the end of the current collective bargaining agreement, which ends after the 2020 season. The total of 20 games NFL teams play — four preseason, 16 regular season, before the playoffs — isn't going to change, you wouldn't think. But might the league try and get the players to make it a 3-17 breakdown, or 2-18? Potentially.

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The majority of jobs tied to stadiums are low-paying and seasonal: concession stand workers, ticket scanners, suite attendants and the like work only when the stadium is being used.

The NFL commissioner was in the area Monday and said he supports a new Bills stadium “because I want to make sure this franchise remains stable here, and continues, and remains competitive.”

Goodells calculated comments came at Jim Kellys annual golf tournament. The event is said to be a good time, but the NFL commissioner didnt travel to Batavia, New York on a chilly June morning just to play golf. He came to send a message. He chose to give a press conference knowing hed have a receptive audience and reaffirmed what the league would like to see happen in an uncertain but potentially lucrative situation: The construction of a brand new stadium, not just renovations. And of course, that comes with the not-so-subtle suggestion of a hefty taxpayer contribution.

That point was evidenced when Goodell claimed this about a new stadium: “I think its great for this community. And weve been able to do these stadiums in such a way that it creates a tremendous economic benefit, too.” If that wasnt a clear enough attempt to set the stage for public funding, Goodell erased any doubt later by mentioning stadiums are “a public-private partnership in almost every case.”

The NFL typically uses the promise of economic benefit and the threat of relocation to leverage hundreds of millions from taxpayers in stadium deals, but there is limited evidence of stadiums providing their promised economic impact. A simple Google search provides a trove of research on the subject. Recommendations for further reading include pieces from the Berkeley Economic Review, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and the University of Chicago, which polled a panel of economic experts on the subject. The articles are compelling, but if you dont have time to read them all, two economics professors boiled it down well in the conclusion of their 2008 paper:

“The large and growing peer-reviewed economics literature on the economic impacts of stadiums, arenas, sports franchises, and sport mega-events has consistently found no substantial evidence of increased jobs, incomes, or tax revenues for a community associated with any of these things.

Roger Goodell: New stadium would allow Bills to remain competitive and stable

“Focusing our attention on research done by economists, as opposed to that of scholars from public policy or urban development and planning departments, we find near unanimity in the conclusion that stadiums, arenas and sports franchises have no consistent, positive impact on jobs, income, and tax revenues. If professional sports franchises and facilities do not have any important positive economic impact in the local economy, then subsidies for the construction and operation of these facilities are even more difficult to justify.”

Roger Goodell knew exactly what he was doing Monday. The man who answers to the NFLs 32 owners stopped by to reiterate that the Bills could make more money for the league. Its uncertain how far hed get with the threat of relocation – ownership seems especially averse to alienating the fanbase given that it also owns the hockey team (dont forget Terry Pegula cried when he met members of the French Connection) – but if theres an opportunity to make more money, the NFL is going to try.

Jim Kelly says Bills tapping into his knowledge to help Josh Allen: Kelly said he has been “sitting in some meetings with the offense.” Its hard to tell how much actual coaching Kelly is giving Allen, but if nothing else the Bills franchise quarterback is getting an appreciation of the teams glory years.

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