At the spring league meetings that were held recently in Atlanta, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continued to flap his gums about Buffalo needing a new stadium in order for the Buffalo Bills to “be successful”. At the meeting he had these wonderful words of wisdom to share with everyone:
“They are making improvements to the stadium and I think those are positive in the short term. But we all know this lease is 10 years and we have to look well beyond that for this franchise to continue to be successful in western New York.”
Goodell is pretty much saying that a if the Bills don’t build a new stadium then that is pretty much going to result in us fans no longer supporting our team because the stadium that we know, love and hold so dearly to our hearts is going to drive us all away. He seems to honestly believe that us fans are going to say “yeah, I cant buy tickets to the game this week because our stadium is too old for me, call me when we get a new one”
Hearing Goodell’s thoughts on this makes me feel like I’m taking crazy pills! Is he so delusional and insane that he thinks a billion dollar stadium is going to make people go to games? I have never heard anyone say “I know they are a really bad team but they just built that new stadium a few years back so I just had to spend $500 for me and the family to go!”, Hell no! The key to getting people to go to games is having a winning team and the fact that Buffalo has had a losing team for the last decade and a half and still manages to sell out games is something a new stadium could never buy.
If you want this franchise to “continue to be successful in western new york” then no stadium on earth is going to influence that what so ever. I don’t care if you have a museum of live aliens in your stadium, the Bills success ultimately depends on their fans. Bills fans are crazy about their team and no stadium or even season record is going to change that. If you want the Bills to be so successful Goodell then how about showing them a little bit more prime-time love? Give Buffalo a Monday night game at the Ralph and then go ask those fans that show up if they need a new stadium.
Why Roger Goodell is so insistent on us having a new stadium is something that needs to be seriously looked at closely, there is without a doubt something in it for him. He says its important in order to sell the team, but there is no shortage of interested buyers. He says its important for the continued success of the franchise, but the Buffalo Bills have one of the most passionate and loyal fan base on the planet. So what is it that Roger Goodell will gain from a new multimillion (if not billion) dollar stadium? Money! Lots and lots of money! while giving no second thought to those of us that have supported and made this franchise what it is today. Rest assured that none of this has anything to do with actual Bills fans who go to every game rain, snow or shine, those people are actually an afterthought in this whole situation.
The NFL wants more money and when king Goodell speaks the entire league jumps to their feet and mindlessly follows whatever direction he points at. The Ralph is currently undergoing millions of dollars in renovations and I have to ask why? Why the hell are we putting so much money into something we want to abandon as soon as possible?
The Bills don’t need a new stadium, the Bills need a better team and from what I see they are well on their way to obtaining that. No stadium on earth is going to make more people go to the games of a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in fifteen years. Seems like Goodell truly cares about this team as he gives us our one mandatory prime-time game per season and insist that those fans that show up at the Ralph every Sunday are not enough for the continued success of this team. What do you think?