Early gameday sales for booze nixed

Updated: June 17, 2014, 11:20 PM ET
By Mike Rodak | ESPN.com

Legislation introduced last week in New York state to allow earlier beer sales at Buffalo Bills games will not make it to a vote.

The Buffalo News reported Tuesday that the bill has not moved in the state's assembly and will not reach a vote before the legislative session ends Thursday.

"It's dead," Assemblyman Sean Ryan told the newspaper.

The Bills had approached local lawmakers to push for a bill that would permit beer sales beginning at 11 a.m. for Sunday games with a 1 p.m. kickoff.

The objective of the measure was to bring more fans inside the stadium to consume alcohol in a "controlled" environment.

Most teams open their stadiums 90 minutes prior to kickoff and start beer sales at that point.

Under current law, the Bills cannot sell beer until noon for 1 p.m. games. All eight of the team's home games this season will kick off at 1 p.m.

A similar bill was proposed two years ago but failed, according to the newspaper. That proposal was resisted by some businesses around the Bills' stadium.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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