The Bills have "postponed" the NFL Toronto series for 2014, the team announced Wednesday.
Buffalo lost a game a year to our northern neighbors as part of an agreement with Rogers Media, an agreement they extended by five years in May 2012. That agreement -- which is between the Bills and Rogers, and not the NFL -- is already looking like it might be in trouble.
Bills CEO Russ Brandon announced the postponement Wednesday, citing a decision from the team and Rogers who "are committed to delivering a first-class NFL experience to Canadians."
"The Buffalo Bills and Rogers are committed to delivering a first-class NFL experience to Canadians. As such, we have postponed for one year the scheduled 2014 regular season game at Rogers Centre in Toronto, and that game will return to Ralph Wilson Stadium," Brandon said in a statement. "We will use this time to collectively evaluate opportunities and build on the foundation to enhance future games. We are committed to continuing our partnership and have secured a robust sponsorship agreement for the 2014 season that will bring Canadian NFL fans visibility and access to the Bills.
"The sponsorship includes ticketing, merchandising, media exposure, and a newly created Canada House, near Ralph Wilson Stadium, that will serve as the official pregame Canadian tailgate zone for all Bills home games. The NFL remains very popular in Canada and we are dedicated to enriching the experience for the fans."
The phrase continue to evaluate doesn't mean we'll be back. At least not to me.
The Bills were slated to play through 2017 in Canada and it's easy to imagine all the remaining games are now in jeopardy.
Any time soothing phrases like "continue to evaluate" (read: take a hard look at) and "postponed" (read: cancelled) get thrown around you have to question the future of whatever is being talked about.