Goodell: Bills need new stadium to ensure future

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he believes the Buffalo Bills will require a new stadium to remain viable in western New York.

In calling the Bills recently negotiated 10-year lease agreement a "short-term solution," Goodell says a new stadium would be the next step in finding "the right long-term solution."

Goodell spoke Wednesday during a pre-NFL draft event in New York City.

The Bills' long-term future is uncertain after owner Ralph Wilson died in March. The Bills will be put up for sale, opening the possibility of a new owner eventually relocating the franchise.

"We've had a lot of discussions with perspective owners. I've also had a lot of discussions with public officials. We all want to focus and get that stadium built. We want to do it the right way and get the right ownership in there to make sure the Bills can continue to be successful in Western New York," Goodell said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already recognized the likelihood of the Bills needing a new stadium. The state has hired an architectural firm to identify sites that could serve as the team's new home.


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