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The Buffalo Bills Just Need Another Billion Dollars

Universal "pre-K" should stand for "pre-Kicker" and every child must learn how to make a field goal.

9:34 AM EST on January 22, 2024

June 5, 2023 - Orchard Park, NY - Governor Hochul delivers remarks at the ground breaking for new Buffalo Bills stadium in Orchard Park. (Darren McGee/ Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)

Governor Hochul delivers remarks at the ground breaking for new Buffalo Bills stadium in Orchard Park on June 5, 2023. (Darren McGee / Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)

As New Yorkers watched the Buffalo Bills' game-tying field goal attempt sail wide right in the waning moments of the team's devastating playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Buffalo on Sunday night, one question cut through the heartache: Are New York's state leaders doing enough to ensure that our only real professional football team succeeds? 

Sure, the 2022 deal to give the Bills more than $1 billion in taxpayer dollars for a new stadium that Governor Kathy Hochul QB sneaked through the legislature—$600 million in upfront cash, $160 million in forgone tax revenue, and $250 million from Erie County coffers—is a good start. 

But if we really want the fracking billionaires who own the Bills to be able to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, we'll need to think bigger.

For instance: What is the new stadium going to do to prevent the kinds of blustery winds that may foil a crucial field goal attempt? Renderings for the structure do not show a dome, because a dome would cost an extra $300 million.

Can we really put a price on a Super Bowl championship? Slap a dome on there and give the kickers some peace of mind! The state might not have universal pre-K, but at least every child will be proud that their parents made a sound investment in the bragging rights of Western New York.

Speaking of early childhood development—"pre-K" should stand for "pre-Kicker," and New York's government should step up to provide comprehensive football kicking training to every single toddler. Why force the Bills to look for talent elsewhere, when we can grow the very best kickers right here in the Empire State? By 2050, every single New York resident under the age of 30 should be able to nail a 45-yarder with their eyes closed, and it will all be because we had the foresight to make the investment right now, when it all seemed like a crazy pipe dream. 

Currently, the community agreement that the Bills signed with Erie County to provide $3 million in community benefits every year for 30 years lacks concrete details on just how that money will be spent and who will ensure it's spent wisely. Now is the time to pilot the "pre-K" program! Our children, and generations of Bills fans, will thank us.

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