Buffalo Bills news, 5/1: New York State hires lawyers to keep Bills in Buffalo

Tom Szczerbowski

New York State has hired a law firm to help craft the next wave of business dealings with the Buffalo Bills to keep them in Western New York. That plus a lot of draft talk.

Lawyer hired to keep Bills here is one of those who helped craft lease deal - City & Region - The Buffalo News

"He was one of the legal architects who helped craft the deal to keep the Buffalo Bills in Western New York. Now, with the death of Ralph Wilson Jr. and the team at some point heading to new ownership, Manhattan lawyer Irwin Raij finds himself being called on again to help find an even longer term solution to keeping the team in the area. The Cuomo administration recently hired him and his firm, Foley & Lardner, to represent the state in high-stake talks about the Bills."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Lawyers To Assist State In Bills Sale

"Since day one the Cuomo administration has been aggressive when it comes to keeping the Bills in Western New York. Foley & Lardner has a proven track record in sports stadium and ownership issues and played a key role in negotiating the ironclad seven-year agreement that kept the team in Buffalo.  They will continue to assist in our efforts – including our exploration of a possible new stadium – to convince any potential future owners to keep the team here in New York."

2014 NFL Draft

Daniel Jeremiah: Don't move up for Sammy Watkins - AUDIO - BuffaloBills.com
"NFL Network Analyst Daniel Jeremiah joins The John Murphy Show to discuss the upcoming Draft and some options for the Bills in the first round."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - NFL Draft Podcast - Bills Move Up Or Move Down?
"Might they move up and get an instant impact player? Or if they don't get what they want, what about moving down? Brian Koziol and I discuss all of that and more on today's NFL Draft Podcast."

More clicks

Marc Honan: "Our goal is to sell every ticket" - AUDIO - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills VP of Broadcasting and Marketing Marc Honan in studio on The John Murphy Show to discuss the recently released variable ticket pricing for the 2014 season."

Inside The Bills | Hughes rated tops in pass rush productivity
"Bills DE Jerry Hughes earned the number one rating from ProFootballFocus for pass rush productivity by a 3-4 outside linebacker in 2013. Now moving to a 4-3 system under new defensive coordinator is likely to present different challenges. In any event here’s a look at the productivity of Hughes and Mario Williams, who finished 10th."

Inside The Bills | Kiko cited as one of best picks in 2013 draft
"There was some support for Jets DL Sheldon Richardson and San Diego WR Keenan Allen, but NFL Network’s Charley Casserly chose Kiko Alonso. Here’s his assessment."

Inside The Bills | Stadium construction update: 4/30
If you're into that sort of thing, the complete list of the projects going on at One Bills Drive is being updated in excruciating detail.

EJ Manuel of Buffalo Bills to have stock sold by brokerage firm - ESPN
"Fantex, a brokerage firm based in San Francisco, soon will begin a campaign to sell shares of Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel on the stock market."

What did we learn about the Buffalo Bills in April? - ESPN
Mike Rodak recaps a surprisingly busy April at One Bills Drive.

NFL Nation Buzz: Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Bills Blog - ESPN
"ESPN.com Bills reporter Mike Rodak talks about how Buffalo’s schedule in December is likely to determine its playoff fate."

Every AFC team's best draft class in history - NFL.com
The 1985 NFL Draft was the best in Bills history. There isn't much doubt the author got this one correct with two Hall of Famers and Frank Reich in there.

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