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Sunday, October 9, 2011
Goodell optimistic in Bills' future in Buffalo

By James Walker

ORCHARD PARK, NY -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is optimistic in the Bills' future in Western, New York.

Goodell, speaking to reporters before Sunday's Bills-Eagles game, said a big key is how the team handles Ralph Wilson Stadium, which has been home of the Bills since 1973.

"If we continue to keep this facility competitive with others, if we continue to support the team, I'm confident we will continue to be successful here in Western, New York," Goodell said.

Goodell made it clear that, at the very least, updates have to be made. Goodell pointed to the new Soldier Field as an example. Lambeau Field is another example of an old stadium that was renovated to remain competitive with the rest of the NFL.

Goodell also is confident the new collective bargaining agreement will keep small-market teams like Buffalo competitive.

"Yes, no question. I have every bit of confidence that small-market teams will continue to be successful," Goodell said. "Again, as long as we continue to have the proper stadiums and the proper fan support, that's what we have to do. We have the structure in place. Now, we have to continue to create the excitement and the passion in the communities."