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Bills Sue Cumulus Media Over Radio Rights

The Bills have sued Cumulus Media, seeking to collect at least $1 million in fees the team says the broadcasting company owes for airing football games on the radio during the 2011 season according to Patrick Lakamp of the Buffalo News.

While Cumulus Media paid a rights fee to the Bills for the 2011 season, the broadcasting company has yet to pay an “incentive rights fee,” according to the lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court.

The incentive rights fee equals half the broadcaster’s gross revenues from the sale of related programming or advertising in connection with any Bills game, after accounting for certain costs, according to the lawsuit.

Cumulus Media’s 97 Rock and 103.3 the Edge carried Bills games from 1998 through 2011.

The team’s dispute with the broadcaster stems from 2011, the final year of a three-year deal for exclusive radio broadcast rights, the team said in its lawsuit.

The lawsuit names Cumulus Media and Citadel Broadcasting Co. as defendants.

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