According to experts, the community benefits agreement for the new Buffalo Bills stadium lacks key provisions that are common to successful CBAs elsewhere.
That’s partly by design.
The CBA for the Bills stadium, announced Wednesday, is the first such agreement for a major project in Erie County. It calls for the team to commit $3 million annually over 30 years to fund projects that benefit the community. That’s in exchange for a $850 million public contribution to the $1.5 billion stadium.
But the deal does not specify how that money should be spent, leaving those decisions up to an oversight panel, appointed by the team and county and state officials, that will have no staff or budget. Experts told Investigative Post that runs counter to similar CBAs around the country. You can read the full story on Investigative Post's website.