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Due to field renovations at New Era Field, Jim Kelley’s 32 Annual Football Camp is being held at Williamsville North High School this week. There has been a lot of discussion on where and when a new stadium for the Bills would be built. Jim Kelly said he doesn’t think a new stadium needs to be built, but if they do, they should stay in Orchard Park.

Bills announce 2019 training camp schedule

Jun 15, 2019

The Buffalo Bills have announced their training camp schedule, which is held every summer at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, just outside of Rochester, New York.

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Wednesday marks 25 years since the murders of Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Nicole was a longtime victim of domestic violence by her husband, Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson. So as this anniversary approached, producers Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges released a call-to-action video entitled "I Remember Nicole," much of it filmed in Western New York. They talked again with WBFO's Marian Hetherly from California.


"I Remember Nicole"

It may be hard to believe, but it has been 25 years since the murder of Nicole Simpson, a longtime victim of domestic violence by her husband, Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson. A music video - with Western New York roots - has been produced as a call-to-action anthem, marking the anniversary.

What are the odds of sports betting in NYS?

May 30, 2019
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It has been a year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law prohibiting sports betting in most states. The PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) decision - as it is called - opened the door to a new multibillion-dollar revenue stream that states have been exploring aggressively since, but a number of legal questions kept it from New York's budget this year. Here is a look at where the issue stands.

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Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Achtyl has pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanors in connection with the December 2017 arrest of a fan at a Buffalo Bills Game. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says he has to punish him.

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The fan group Bills Mafia is leading the charge on another impressive philanthropic effort. In honor of fellow fan "Pancho Billa," who died this week after a battle with cancer, fans have been encouraged to donate to the Teacher's Desk. As of Friday morning, the Buffalo-based charity has received over $70,000 in donations.


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Buffalo Bills fans are becoming known for their generosity.

Buffalo Bills superfan "Pancho Billa" passes away

May 14, 2019
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He was born in Texas and had no Western New York roots. Yet Ezra Castro became attached to the Buffalo Bills and, as part of his passionate support for the pro football team, became the superfan character Pancho Billa. Castro passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 39 in his home state of Texas after battling stage four cancer, his family announced.

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An online Twitter poll gauging the best fan bases in the NFL outraged Bills fans earlier this week after their opponent, Tennessee Titans fans, allegedly paid thousands of dollars for Twitter bots to sway the poll. Bills fans responded by donating thousands of their own dollars, now over $14,000, to the Victor S. Johnson III Nashville Children’s Alliance, a charity that provides support to children who have experienced severe physical or sexual abuse. Del Reid, co-founder of the Bills Mafia and owner of 26 Shirts spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about the situation and why Bills fans keep looking for reasons to give to charity. 


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There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding a potential new football stadium in Buffalo. Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula spoke about the topic Tuesday at the NFL owners' meetings in Phoenix, Arizona.


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In the world of Erie County politics, anything is fair game for an attack. The newest fight is over a book written by County Executive Mark Poloncarz, slated to be published later this year.

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Former Denver Broncos backup quarterback Chad Kelly has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor second-degree criminal trespassing for entering a couple's suburban Denver home uninvited.

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Michael Cohen said during his congressional testimony Wednesday that Donald Trump grossly overstated his wealth before becoming president, including inflating his assets during a failed bid to buy the Buffalo Bills in 2014.

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Pegula Sports & Entertainment has announced the departures of three executives, the latest in a string of high-profile exits from the company.

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Before the Buffalo Bills open their exhibition season this summer, Erie County will be putting around $3 million into a series of projects in Orchard Park, including a new playing surface for the stadium.


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The late founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills will be honored with an art exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery next month.

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There is an auction in South Buffalo Tuesday of a man's career and life.  The Lodge Auction House is handling the sale of the property of the late, legendary broadcaster Van Miller.


For most of last two decades, the season finale for the Buffalo Bills has been a dreary affair, a meaningless game for a team that would again be sitting out the postseason. Of course, 2017 finished with the Bills ending their record playoff drought. While the 2018 season didn't feature a return trip to the playoffs, analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills 42-17 rout of the Miami Dolphins was full of indications the franchise could be ready to return to relevance.


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Kyle Williams, a fan favorite throughout his 13 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, will play his last game this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. His retirement announcement was released by the organization early Friday morning.

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A Hamlin, NY man has been charged in a hit-and-run collision that injured an Erie County Sheriff's deputy after a Buffalo Bills game last month.

Losing to the New England Patriots continues to be a tradition for the Buffalo Bills. Since the turn of the century--and the arrival of Tom Brady-- the Patriots have dominated the Bills. That was the case again Sunday as New England cruised to a 24-12 win on their home field. Analyst Matt Sabuda says there's plenty of blame to be shared, from the "putrid" Bills' run defense to the inadequacies of rookie quarterback Josh Allen. But Sabuda stresses the game also highlighted the need to upgrade the team's "downright awful" unit of wide receivers.


The Buffalo Bills head into this Sunday's road game against the New England Patriots with no chance of making the playoffs. Despite that sad reality for Bills' fans, analyst Matt Sabuda believes the team has a great opportunity this weekend. The Bills could deliver a blow to the Patriots pursuit of home-field advantage in the playoffs. The game also offers rookie quarterback Josh Allen a chance to show his progress against a traditional NFL power.


Rookie quarterback Josh Allen ran for a touchdown and threw for another in helping the Buffalo Bills sneak past the Detroit Lions on Sunday, 14-13.  While it wasn't a great performance for Allen, analyst Matt Sabuda believes the rookie took another step forward. Sabuda is hoping for more in the team's remaining two games. 


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Josh Allen threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster early in the fourth quarter Sunday to rally the Buffalo Bills to a 14-13 win over Detroit that eliminated the Lions from playoff contention.

Almost since quarterback Nathan Peterman's disastrous season-opening start at Baltimore, the playoff hopes for the Buffalo Bills have been dim. Consistently recognizing that reality throughout the year has been analyst Matt Sabuda. He's been encouraging the franchise to build toward the future and now has "a sense of intrigue" for the remainder of the season. While some see three meaningless games on the schedule, Sabuda is eager to watch how the Bills' young players continue to progress.


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Angry trade unionists and politicians were outside New Era Cap's headquarters on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo Monday, protesting the company plan to close its plant in Derby and move most production to China.


Rookie quarterback Josh Allen continues to excite fans with athletic runs and his strong arm. With Sunday's performance against the Jets, Allen became just the fourth player in Buffalo Bills history to rush for 95 yards or more in three consecutive games, joining Fred Jackson, Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson on that list. Of course, the effort wasn't enough as the Bills lost Sunday to the New York Jets, 27-23.  Allen took a step back, says analyst Matt Sabuda, who believes the quarterback would be better served to use his running ability to establish a more effective passing game.


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Sam Darnold one-upped fellow rookie Josh Allen, rallying the New York Jets to a 27-23 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

It's the first of what many fans hope will be many meetings between quarterbacks Josh Allen and Sam Darnold. The rookies are scheduled to face each other for the first time this Sunday when the Buffalo Bills host the New York Jets. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, Darnold has stumbled since a strong start to his first NFL season. For Allen, it's been a different story. His mixed start to the year included some awful performances, but Allen's play in the last two weeks compares favorably to some of the league's best quarterbacks.


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