NFL team threatens to move to Austin, TX

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Matt Young, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle

Aug. 2, 2021Updated: Aug. 2, 2021 12:28 p.m.

A Buffalo Bills fan looks on during warm ups before the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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The Buffalo Bills want taxpayers to fully fund a new $1.5 billion stadium, and according to an ESPN writer, they’re floating Austin as a city that would welcome them should they decide they have to leave upstate New York.

The Buffalo News reported that Bills ownership has “made no over threats” about relocating, but “has made clear to government negotiators that there are other cities elsewhere that desire an NFL franchise and would pay handsomely for it.”

ESPN’s Seth Wickersham responded to that report by tweeting, “An ownership source tells me that Austin is a possible destination – or threat – as one of the ‘other cities elsewhere that desire an NFL franchise and would pay handsomely for it.'”

An ownership source tells me that Austin is a possible destination—or threat—as one of the “other cities elsewhere that desire an NFL franchise and would pay handsomely for it.” https://t.co/zMf1oChO8K

— Seth Wickersham (@SethWickersham) August 1, 2021

Austin just welcomed its first major professional sports franchise with Austin FC opening play in Major League Soccer this season.

Adding an NFL team is probably a longshot. Franchises often threaten…

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