On Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state is hiring an outside legal expert to help in stadium lease negotiations with the Bills.  Irwin Raij, a nationally recognized professional sports expert with extensive experience in stadium development and the sports industry, will advise the state’s on its efforts to keep the Bills in Buffalo.

Negotiations are under way among the Bills,  Erie County and New York State to extend the team’s lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium in suburban Buffalo. The current deal expires in July 2013.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“New York State is committed to doing all we can to keep the Bills a part of the Buffalo community, while also protecting taxpayer dollars and seeing that the team can thrive in Western New York for years to come.”

We are pleased that Gov. Cuomo is working with Western New York officials to figure out a way to extend the Bills’ lease and keep them in the region.  Losing the team would have huge financial implications for Erie County and New York State, in terms of sales tax, income tax and other Bills-related spending.  And…we just love the Bills.