Conference Call: Bills face tall task in Patriots

Conference Call: Bills face tall task in Patriots
September 1, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Michael McCann of the New Hampshire School of Law comments on the NFL's head injury settlement, Bills beat writer Sal Maiorana reveals what the Bills are dealing with in preparations for the Patriots and Dan Alexander explains how the woeful Houston Astros are profiting economically in this week's edition of Conference Call on "Sports Sunday."

"It's probably not the best-case scenario for the PA [NFL Players Association],'' McCann said of the league's concussion case settlement. "All the retired players who were part of the suit will get paid instantly, rather than waiting years for the litigation. They also avoid the risk of having the suit dismissed or them winning a trial and having the decision reversed on appeal."

As for Maiorana, the Bills beat writer for the Rochester Democrat-Chronicle said this is not the preaseason the Bills were hoping for. Buffalo's quarterback situation is in such disarrary that undrafted free agent Jeff Tuel could be the starter for the opener against the Patriots.

Is Week 1 at least the right time to be facing the Patriots, Maiorana was asked?

"To be honest with you, there's never a good time to face the Patriots," Maiorana said. "They've lost 22 of their past 24 games against them. . . . Tom Brady coming into Buffalo must be salivating looking at the Bills secondary."

Finally, Forbes magazine's Alexander says that the low-payroll Astros dispute his claim that the new AL West doormats are the most profitable team in major league history.

"The team president came out and said their losing money, but when you look at operating income they're going to make more operating income than anyone," Alexander said.