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11/14 Russ Brandon on a primetime game, Bills facilities and more

Nov 14, 2012|

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Rust red adult CEO joining us from Ralph Wilson Stadium a person who might have a little insight and the Marlins. Right that is correct well Monica what do you think of the trade what do you think what there with third -- -- have a big mergers and 20 you made this thing happen then. Yeah I was really have the for -- -- beast and everybody up in Toronto. Obviously it's looks like a fire sell you Josh Johnson you Frontline starter obviously Jose's a tremendous player when his health the and -- -- be your server for starter and they've got a good young outfielder part of the deal now the the blue jays they gave up some really good prospects but you know I think it's great for Toronto really helped some compete in America. And reviews -- authorities say about the idea that the Marlins kind of fleeced taxpayers and in Canada. Dodd stadium and then dump all their. Well I know it's a hot topic down there and you can you know carve up a few different ways that the -- was a tourist tax but. You know the city of Miami having lived down there for five years could. Utilized in a lot of different ways and India and have a payroll on an eighteen million that's down about thirteen now and it looks like they're going. Billy bean ball down there would there more with prospects and in trades and you know they've -- -- their vote -- to bounce back but. You know fortunately when I was down there. I was there were five years would win ours ago and in our commitment to you know. We with prospects along with our free agents and and when -- champ ship which we ultimately did nine to seven. That was -- the best time tomorrow. History you're you're in the business of selling tickets. What if you were the Marlins CEO today. How do you I mean they were they weren't they were losing fans last year -- in the first year -- new stadium now what do you do. Yeah they really bled last year they had I think they lost close to forty million which have been reported with a new stadium. It's -- difficult time down -- -- you know we had a lot of success when I was down there and in selling the product we did run in the 94. Strike which ended up canceling the World Series that year. That was difficult but. It's been it's been a difficult sell you -- you've been the main thing was really not knowing what the weather would be in in mid summer. You know -- their continual rain and in the where the ball park was. And I know the thought process was needed him to move it down in Little Havana section and have. Retractable roof but. It didn't seem to translate last year and they know they got off the field the -- beginning of the year they had difficult time and never really translated into people come in the state of. Russ Brandon -- to yell at us obviously the bills' home tomorrow night against the Miami Dolphins. Does start there you know the NFL policy of everybody gets a prime time game -- let's let's go with that first what do think of that idea. Well we were excited powered to be our student you know we haven't had done many primetime games here for. A lot of reasons and we've always shown very well on the national stage. Our fans get very excited about it. You know it's that every time that we have on a primetime game I can't tell you the amount -- calls -- -- from people in the league. And throughout our business is say how good our facility looks and how good it is shows for buffalo so. We're excited we're very excited about attend and our fans -- will be jazzed up as well. I think back to the Dallas game not how it turned out but are thinking back to. How the stadium look the overhead shots the fireworks the pre game that touchdowns the -- song the fans the crowd noise did it -- you know it -- off very well on television. It really did you know I was the first time we had that about thirteen years at the time Marc -- and his staff do a great job put none of them. Pregame press it is festivities and you know it's there we've talked about this before we we have a difficult time attracting. A primetime games also because of the facility and what we don't. Currently have as far as who what you require -- National television so in those guys -- here and do a great job. From the NFL network and and and we don't do a great job and present and mr. -- Or are there benefits. On the field off the field what are the benefits of having a home primetime game in your estimation. Well I I think is no number one thing is it really shows offer community and and I think that's most important thing. You know it gives us an opportunity. As an organization and to really highlights. You know and legacy of our our our area. From our fans it's come out image in a unique situation in night primetime the whole deal. You know I was gonna go off they -- very well we're excited about it. And I -- fans are excited about especially by an -- What kind of challenges does a prime time home game off for you as opposed to a Sunday 1 o'clock game it really cuts into our regional efforts. That's probably the biggest detriment to it. Obviously we've talked about a million times that the fans -- bring in from southern Ontario in Rochester. And it it really stresses our market more. Because of the drive in at that time and and in the night game but. Our fans once again have stepped up and were sold out and have the a game on local television yes this -- about Russert I was you know it's funny you said. And I go I understand that it it cuts in your regional efforts and I was going to ask you if the game. Isn't at night if this is Sunday 1 o'clock this game is this Sunday not tomorrow night would you still have sold out. Yeah yeah I don't think there would I actually result -- your name would have been notes sold out earlier okay. In our estimation. But W we do still have some tickets available with of -- -- returns in some club seats but as I mentioned over the week. With -- Warner and some of the people of Buffalo News or -- this is a clean sellout minute news or credit -- fans. If someone wants to go to the game tomorrow night what -- -- -- called go to the box office -- Munich and go to our web starter collar taken number 1877. BB -- what you know from a business standpoint we talked about the primetime games and the benefits of those from a football standpoint it's Hoff and and I know. As -- in the buddy actually on on an interview in Toronto yesterday was talking about you know when you get that night -- you're basically playing three games in fifteen days. Sunday Sunday a -- got to find their Sunday Sunday Thursday. Do you think. From again not from -- perspective as the business side but from the football side may be in document -- and buddy. Is there a lot of resistance to these Thursday night games in and could that it could be up something we're league may be asked to scale back on them even though it's good to their business. Well it certainly scale that up over the last you know they didn't mission team but I prime time game. And it is certainly puts stress on the football operation and a variety of ways. I guess the only benefit when you really look at it is it sort of creates and another by a week sort of speak. Four players get those ten days off it is your typical. Your typical deal if you if you win on Thursday it's great because you get ten days to rest up amendment in a few doughnuts and other long ten days so is it certainly stress is everybody. Over here and all facets of the operation trying to get ready for this. I've got some questions about that of the rest of the home schedule would target two and a moment bill CEO Russ -- -- this I know are mentioned this earlier. You guys have something going on with plaque which tomorrow night and fans in you need them to get to the game a little bit early for tribute to the military members can you talk a little bit about that for folks read it after the game. I can't tell you how much stuff we have going on over here powered you know Denmark and his group have done a great job putting this all together. But tomorrow's all -- salute to service. We have a ton of military appreciation. Activities going on throughout the the course of the evening but if we -- say they -- -- -- -- of all time regardless of -- into the gates early but. If for fans to get to the gates early tomorrow. The show world start off around 8 o'clock if you get tickets -- 730 we've got -- a lot of cool things are happening on the fielder the full flag. We are recognizing all branches of the military. We have and you guys done a great job promoting the cart stock. That will be. Showcase star television. That salutes all the men and women who. Do such a great job protecting this country. So this stuff what how is the cards that the seats is -- how does that all work so whenever -- -- they'll hold it up at a certain time exactly. We'll have most of those seats in the building we'll have been affixed to a card to -- -- location and they'll participate. Through instructions. On the scoreboard and and throughout the PA announcements can you talk about what to do at halftime as well. Yeah it's gonna be really cool we have an -- reaffirmation ceremony firm over on and fifteen national Guardsmen. At halftime and they're gonna reaffirmed their commitment to the National Guard who's been a great sponsor of ours here. And again it is just a great celebration. To all the men and women out there who have served us these sell this game now -- still have Saint Louis Jacksonville on the jets in the update the other day was it's a little over 101000 for Saint Louis. 151000 for Jacksonville and the jets. If you going to say what are the odds of selling any of those games out and I'll follow up after that the odds are not very good right now but. You know it is I mentioned there's a lot of inventory to move in a short amount of time you know we've talked to -- and nauseam about. December home games and claiming -- four games in December and our hope -- our our deep hope is that we cannot put victory together on Thursday. And if we do that we're right in the conversation. Is AFC is very wide open as you guys now. Do you as -- cures are few if you get a win a couple wins I don't know maybe you win this game in the Jacksonville game to that sellout Saint Louis -- the jets or. Or is that just too much inventory. It's a lot of inventory but anything can happen you know if you look back to 2004. We are really in the same position we are right now we're -- some wins together. And we went into that final game against Pittsburgh and you know -- we don't need to talk about the outcome. But we had -- bit of inventory at that time to move at the end of the year we were able to get that done. And that's our hope right now that we can string a few wins together. And not be in the conversation. And that allows a move some inventory and equipment time. If you guys opted for the 85% rule would have made a difference in those games now now right now is I think. We've discussed. When we when we miss we miss typically. Beyond that threshold so. You know let's hope that we don't have to have that conversation. But I can promise you that everyone over here -- -- and then ninth to try to move as much inventories were prosper camp when we've talked to this season. You know there's been some tough losses we've talked John after those in the united you know I always liked -- -- With the attitude like with the feeling in the building yet another one on Sunday you know game that it's Wednesday and we're still talking about the outcome of the game today even though there's another game tomorrow night. So three and six but a difficult loss to New England what's the mindset this week around the -- three and six is obviously it's a big hole right. It is a big hole but others still hope. And -- I think one of the positives. Even though it is difficult is that the game is tomorrow night don't have a lot of time to really reflect. Obviously it was a difficult loss. The guys busted their tails and we came up a few yards short but if we can turn it around tomorrow night. Put something together. The focus will be on indeed and trying to do as we mentioned earlier try to string a few wins together and you know I know it's cliche but you look at some of the last few years were teams were at this time. That went in the playoffs. There are a lot of drugs and a lot of parity out there in a -- get to that last quarter of the season -- an opportunity it's anybody's game. I think one of the story lines Russ it having everybody always talks about New England obviously that -- the team to beat in the division have been for quite some time and I think. You know you also gotta talk about the other two teams and this was the season where I think I did a lot of people thought you'd be the second best team in the division. Philosophers and the jets. And you don't wanna be a team that now you think is falling behind Miami as well because that was a team I felt would be last in the division but they're records better than I thought. You know -- -- making some plays and I think. That's one of the story lines as well you you just you've got to make sure at the very least you try to stay ahead of the jets and dolphins in this division let alone trying to figure out how to catch New England. No question hour I'd think that the toughest saying -- on an -- business and in so many people's businesses the prognosticators. Tried to. Handicap what this season's going to be like a -- before we take a snap and you know a each and every year someone steps up. That you don't anticipate I remember Sports Illustrated about 56 years ago I shorted the body. More Wile back where they predicted San Diego to be thirty seconds. And they ended up going thirteen and three and win their division so you know I mean it's up. And that's from recently great certain people step up certain times and more open to do the -- -- Russell good luck tomorrow night and as always appreciate the time with you on the show thanks guys appreciate it.

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