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Bills lose to Browns in high-stakes off-field competition


The Bills and the Browns haven’t squared off for a meaningful game in years, if not decades. But Cleveland recently beat Buffalo in another entertainment-related arena.

According to Mark Sommer of the Buffalo News, Hollywood has decided not to make the Bills the centerpiece of the film Draft Day. Instead, the honor will go to the Browns.

Kevin Costner, star of iconic baseball films like Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, and WaterWorld (it’s about the fountains at Royals stadium, right?), will play the G.M. of the Browns. He was going to play the G.M. of the Bills.

“At the end of the day, it was a money thing,” said Tim Clark, head of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission. “I think [Ivan] Reitman really wanted to shoot here, but it just came down to the cost factor. What we were told is that the Cleveland incentives were better.

“I feel the worse for the Buffalo Bills, because they worked real hard to convince the film company that Buffalo was the place to shoot this, and that Buffalo was America’s team.”

The movie was switched to Ohio because of money. Filming in Cleveland resulted in better tax incentives.

Then again, there’s a chance it’s not a real movie at all. It could be cover for sneaking Dennis Rodman out of the United States. Permanently.