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WILSON AND KNOX ASKING TOO MUCH; OWNERS SHOULD BUILD OWN STADIUMS

First it was Ralph Wilson and the Bills, now it's Seymour Knox and the Sabres. They both are telling the taxpayers to help build them a new stadium or they might leave town.

Most of us remember it was the taxpayers of Erie County who built Rich Stadium just 18 years ago. Ralph Wilson didn't want a dome. He wanted a large open-air stadium in the suburbs; all of a sudden it is out of date. Not having that multipurpose dome probably cost Western New York a major league baseball franchise in 1976; they became the Toronto Blue Jays.

In 1971, it was the taxpayers of Buffalo who paid the bill for the expenses of the Aud. Nineteen years later, it's not good enough.

This is typical of sports franchise owners all over the country. They hold communities hostage. Either build us a new facility or we are moving. It is time the taxpayers stand up to this economic form of terrorism. Are we to cut essential services so multimillionaires can fatten their bank accounts as well as their egos?

I enjoy going to sporting events as much as anyone. However, if Mr. Wilson or Mr. Knox want a new facility why don't they build one?

EDWARD D. PRABUCKI
Buffalo

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