Bills stadium lease talks stall with state, county

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon says lease talks with the state and county have stalled, opening the possibility that a one-year interim deal will have to be reached for the team to keep playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium next season.

Brandon says while he's been prepared to continue talks, the team has encountered "a cone of silence" from the other side.

The Buffalo News first reported talks had stalled.

The lease expires in July. Tied to the deal are more than $200 million the Bills are seeking in renovations and upgrades to the 39-year-old stadium.

Securing a long-term deal in July is in question because the Bills will miss a deadline this month to apply for an NFL loan assistance program to offset costs.