Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy expresses interest in naming rights to NFL Buffalo Bills Stadium
Dave Portnoy, the founder of sports and pop culture blog called Barstool Sports, has openly expressed his interest in the naming rights to NFL Buffalo Bills Stadium as the stadium will no longer be called New Era Field.
Expressing his interest, Mr. Portnoy said his sports media company could make a bid to acquire the naming rights to the NFL Buffalo Bills Stadium as the Buffalo-based headwear company “Bills & New Era” has ended its marketing collaboration with the team. In January this year, the team pronounced that the stadium would no longer be called New Era Field, but only be called Bills Stadium.
As the team continues the transition process from New Era Field to a new naming rights partner, Mr. Portnoy said Barstool would likely be a perfect fit for the Bills, which claims to have a rowdy “Mafia” fan base. He added that he already had a brief discussion with those who matter, and stressed that he was really serious about acquiring the naming rights to the Buffalo Bills Stadium.
Speaking on the topic, Mr. Pornoy said, “After a brief conversation with those who matter I am here to say we are very serious about buying the naming rights of the Buffalo Bills stadium and will enter the process. And by serious, I mean very, very serious.”
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