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Old 07-02-2008, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default Buffalo Trying To Lure Raptors For A Few Pre-Season And Regular Season Games

Turnabout, they say, is fair play.

Which may explain efforts in Buffalo to get the Toronto Raptors to play some pre-season and regular season contests there. The Buffalo News and New York State Senator Chuck Schumer are backing an idea to get this city's NBA franchise to travel south of the border and get in a few games in down there.

The publisher of the News, the largest paper in that city, admits the idea came to him after a deal was worked out allowing the Buffalo Bills to play a few similar contests at the Rogers Centre.

So far, the reverse is only in the planning stages, but all those involved seem to think it's likely to happen. The News quotes publisher Stanford Lipsey as saying the Raptors are "very interested" and that the preseason tilts could come to the Queen City as soon as 2009. He calls it a 'reciprocal' deal that would benefit both teams and both cities. Games would be played at HSBC Arena, the home of the Sabres.

Supporters believe it would expand the fan base and get Americans coming here to see the Raptors. Many Canadians already make it a point to journey to Buffalo to see the Bills, the closest NFL franchise in this part of the world.

Buffalo hasn't had an NBA franchise since 1978 when the Braves left town for San Diego. The team only lasted seven years.

There's been no comment from the Raptors on the current reports.
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:16 PM   #2
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Default Re: Buffalo Trying To Lure Raptors For A Few Pre-Season And Regular Season Games

I will say to em worry about ur freaking football and hockey team first...
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:28 PM   #3
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Pre-season games, ya sure. Regular Season games? No way! Not a chance...
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:45 PM   #4
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1. The BIlls are playing games in Toronto because nobody goes to Buffalo to watch them except 20,000 fans from, you guessed it, Toronto.

2. If it wasn't for the Toronto fans, the bills would have been sold long ago.

3. When the current owner of the Bills takes the dirt nap, he said he is selling the franchise. Ted Rogers has been trying to get an NFL franchise for a long time now. In fact, we would have had one except Houston popped up at the last minute and cried to the NFL until they got one.

The only reason the Bills are playing in Toronto is because they can't make money in Buffalo. A majority of the fans that go to Bills games, are from Toronto. Fans from this city keep the Bills alive.

Thats why the Bills are playing in TOronto.

So why the hell should the Raptors play in Buffalo?
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:39 PM   #5
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No problem with them getting some pre-season games but regular season? No ****in way.
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:05 PM   #6
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I have no issue giving them one or two regular season games. There is no chance the Raps will ever move permanently to Buffalo (unlike the Bills in their current situation). The long term benefits of increasing the Raptor fan base far outweighs the cost of losing one or two regular season games.
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Old 07-03-2008, 07:24 PM   #7
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lol Barfallo is a ****hole the City is so damn tiny
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