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TSN.ca Staff
7/2/2008 6:47:34 PM
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The Toronto Raptors may be taking a page out of the book of the Buffalo Bills.

According to a report in the Buffalo News, Sen. Charles Schumer and Buffalo News Publisher Stanford Lipsey are trying to bring the Raptors to Buffalo for some preseason, and possibly even regular-season games. Over the next five years, the NFL's Bills will play eight games in Toronto - five regular season games and three preseason games.

"They're very eager about having some of their games played in Buffalo," Schumer told the Buffalo News on Tuesday.

According to the report, Schumer spoke with Raptors Chairman Larry Tannenbaum about an arrangement that would see the Toronto play in the HSBC arena, home to the NHL's Buffalo Sabres.

Lipsey noted that the Raptors are "very interested, and I would expect us to get a preseason game in 2009" and added that regular-season games are "on the table."

When contacted by TSN, Toronto Raptors confirmed they are exploring the possibility of playing host to a preseason game in Buffalo at some point in the future.

Schumer noted that the games would allow the Raptors to expand their fan base south of the border, while also bringing tourism and entertainment dollars to Buffalo.

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