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Rogers and the Buffalo Bills announced this morning that they will not be holding the Bills In Toronto series at Rogers Centre this year, claiming in a joint statement from Bills President and CEO, Russ Brandon, and Rogers Media President, Keith Pelley, that they “will use this time to collectively evaluate opportunities and build on the foundation to enhance future games.”

That seems like a rather tidy little pronouncement on the surface, but there may be a whole lot more to the story. Particularly, disaffection on the Bills’ side of things, despite the fact that it was not long ago that the two sides agreed upon a five-year extension of the deal, which was to see Bills games played at Rogers Centre until 2017.

Mike Gaughan of the Buffalo News explains:

The initial five-year deal was a financial windfall for the Bills, with Rogers guaranteeing the Bills roughly double the revenue from the games in Toronto that Buffalo would gross for games in Orchard Park. The terms of the five-year extension have not been made public. But sources have told The News that the terms are not nearly as tilted in the Bills’ favor, and that the team is not grossing much more than it would take in at The Ralph.

The series isn’t working on the field, either, with tepid crowds — “last year’s game drew an announced crowd of 38, 969, at least 12,000 short of a sellout,” Gaughan writes, also noting that there seemed to be as many Falcons fans in attendance as Bills fans — and poor results. The Bills are 1-5 in regular season games at Rogers Centre.

Perhaps the limited financial windfall under the terms of the extension doesn’t offset the dent this game — and the giving up of a real home field advantage at the Ralph, especially when they bring a damn dome team like Atlanta into Toronto for the series — puts in the Bills chances making some actual playoff revenue. It’s a hilarious thought, I know, but for real!

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bisonsstarwars

Ho ho ho. Of course I know “beamed up” isn’t a Star Wars reference, you pedantic twit.

But it’s not untrue that, as I noted in the post below, it seems as though Jose Reyes will be at Coca-Cola Field on Saturday,  passing through the Queen City on a rehab assignment and taking part in the Buffalo Bisons’ delightfully minor league-y Star Wars Night promotion in the process.

“As is customary,” Bisons.com says, Reyes and his Bisons teammates “will wear a special Star Wars jersey during the game. The team will then autograph the jerseys as soon as the game is over for various raffles held during the contest. All proceeds of the auctions benefit the American Heart Association.” They add that “there will be a silent auction for some jerseys, while you’ll be able to win others in a ticketed raffle. Also, stay tuned to Bisons.com for a special online auction for a unique Star Wars Night experience.”

Regarding the clothing, a separate press release explains:

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Not the new Bisons logo, unfortunately.

The Buffalo Bisons unveiled their new uniforms today in Buffalo– as apparently we already know about– and Alex Anthopoulos and Paul Beeston showed up for the party. And so did Mike Wilner, who has been providing invaluable tweets as the event has progressed– especially since today is the deadline for teams to exchange arbitration filing numbers. It’s the Jays’ policy not to negotiate one-year deals after numbers have been exchanged and the arbitration process has begun, so for the club’s arbitration eligibles, it was a deadline of sorts. After today they could only agree to a multi-year deal– assuming the Jays were offering one– or see the often nasty process through.

As we saw in Archi’s post below, both J.A. Happ and Emilio Bonifacio avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms with the club. Then, while in Buffalo, Mike Wilner laid this on us about Josh Thole– which has now been confirmed officially by the club, via a team release:

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Brand spanking new Blue Jays minor-league affiliate the Buffalo Bisons showed off their new uniforms for the 2013 season this afternoon. The team trotted out a few children to show off the new threads, because kids look adorable in pretty much everything.

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It’s Officially Buffalo

Parkes has already passed it along at Getting Blanked, and there isn’t really a whole lot left to say about it, save for the obligatory ham-fisted joke about the rarity of so many people wanting to trek to Western New York, or not moving the Jays’ Triple-A club from it’s current home in Toronto, but just to be officially official, um… it’s official. Buffalo’s WKBW– which I can only presume is still run by Irv Weinstein– reports that the Jays are the new parent club of the Buffalo Bisons… um… aka “the Herd”.

Huzzah!

According to a report from the Buffalo News, Mets Triple-A manager Wally Backman “pretty much confirmed late Sunday afternoon what has been plainly obvious for several weeks: These are the New York Mets’ final days as the parent club of the Buffalo Bisons.”

“I would guess that’s true,” Backman said when asked if he expected the homestand that begins Monday night to be the Mets’ final one in Coca-Cola Field.  ”It’s a shame for us, really. Buffalo is a great city but I don’t envision us coming back, from the things I’ve heard from the grapevine.”

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York provides the kicker, reporting on the News piece and adding his own speculation that the Bisons “presumably would align with the Blue Jays. That potentially would leave the Mets in the PCL with Las Vegas, which is Toronto’s current affiliate.”

Now, obviously this is all very far from being official, but that’s sounds bloody terrific, doesn’t it? Fingers crossed…

 

Image via Kristan Cunningham.