No. 92: Buffalo Bills
2013 Ultimate Standings
Last year's rank: 59
Title track: 105
Fan relations: 95
Stadium experience :108
Bang for the buck: 62
With apologies to C.J. Spiller, the Bills MVP in 2012 was Russell Salvatore. The local restaurateur snapped up 10,000 tickets for the Rams matchup to prevent Buffalo's eighth blackout in its past 18 home games. "It's amazing how the Buffalo Bills hit people's hearts," Salvatore said at the time.
Sadly, it has been all heartache in Buffalo this millennium. Nobody on the current roster was in an NFL jersey the last time the Bills sniffed the playoffs (1999), and their last postseason victory (1995) came with Jim Kelly under center. (Note: His bust has sat in Canton for over a decade.) But hey, check out these prices. You can get two Bills tickets ($58.36) for the price of one seat in New York ($117.94) or New England ($117.84). In December you could have gotten a lower-level sideline view for under $10 against the Jets on StubHub. Great deals, sure, but unfortunately the bill just came due.
Turns out playing annual "home games" in Canada can do wonders for leverage. Because in exchange for a new seven-year lease agreement, Ralph Wilson Stadium's much-needed $271 million face-lift is going to be furnished by Erie County and the state of New York. Additional restrooms, HD video display, upgraded stadium suites -- only 16 percent of it is coming out of Ralph Wilson's pocket. And here's the kicker: The contract still allows the Bills to play one game a year in Toronto. We feel you, Buffalo, and this time we hope you get what you pay for.
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