The Buffalo Bills will be playing one regular season game per season in Toronto for another five years, much to the chagrin of Bills fans and, in all likelihood, Eric Wood.
In a report that's been anticipated for months now, John Kryk at The Toronto Sun reports that the Buffalo Bills and Rogers Media are set to announce a five-year extension of the Bills Toronto Series, perhaps as soon as Tuesday.
Kryk reports that the financial element of the deal is not expected to be revealed, though it's purportedly significantly less than the $78 million Buffalo raked in when the first deal was announced in 2008. Reports from early in 2012 indicated that the Bills might consider exporting more than one regular season game per year north of the border, but those did not come to fruition; it'll still be one game per year, meaning the Bills will get seven home games, eight road games and one neutral-at-best game per season for another half-decade.
The series is universally reviled by Bills fans, and even players have gotten in on the act. Bills center Eric Wood popularly called the series "a joke" in December following a 50-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at the Rogers Centre.
"I think that Toronto series has turned into pretty much a joke," Wood said at the time. "I think they started it hoping that we'd have a lot of fan support in Toronto. We have none."
He'd later continue: "It's a bad atmosphere for football. I mean, nobody wants to play there. I guess for opposing teams it beats the hell out of going in somebody else's stadium and dealing with a bunch of crowd noise. I don't think it's turned out the way we wanted, and I hope we don't renew it. That sucked."
The Bills are 1-4 all-time playing regular season games in Toronto.