So who does everyone think will buy the Buffalo Bills? Someone rumored in the paper, or do you think someone we never even heard of will come out of the woodwork to buy the franchise.
The Trump Rumor is an interesting one. Several years ago, Donald wanted his feet in Buffalo. He applied for Gambling here and nearly purchased land to construct another one of his Trump Towers in the City of Buffalo.
He also nearly bought a huge Show Boat, that would have been equipped with Movie theaters, Slot Machines and restaurants/bars. His plan was to have that boat dock here and sail out to the Flats in Cleveland every three hours. It was his plan to become fully invested in this area several years ago, until his application for Casinos got denied. Now he might sit back and watch as everyone freaks out about the Buffalo Bills leaving. As soon as people start to worry, he purchases the team and applies for Casinos again, with this time being approved for saving the Bills.
The only thing to worry about in that scenario is that there is a rule in the NFL. You cannot be affiliated with gambling while owning a team. However, with a vote, this rule can voted on to be changed. The language does not specify if an Owner can have gambling interest while after he owns the team or before. Meaning that with a vote, the rule can be rewritten and specify that while being an owner, you cannot have any NEW gambling interests, therefore being that Trumps affiliation was before hand, he may get grandfathered in.
Jeremy Jacobs is the next rumor. He is a from the area, who still owns a lot of property and land in Buffalo. Him owning a team can be very beneficial for paying out his other investments he already has in Buffalo. However, the NFL has a rule that you cannot own 2 professional franchises in two different cities. This is a rule that can also be voted on by owners and can probably be overturned with the fact that Jacobs has garnered a lot of respect in professional sports. But for anyone who thinks Jacobs will take his eldest son off the paperwork that is listed on anything Boston, just to put the team in his name instead will not happen.
My prediction is George Gillette. Several years ago, someone I talked to all the time, who has a lot of clout in Buffalo sports, told me that Gillette and Jim Kelly already have a hand shake agreement to purchase the team from his wife and daughters after Ralph dies.
Several years ago, this deal could have gotten done with Ralph, but apparently, Ralph said his last wish is to die the owner of the Buffalo Bills. He apparently felt that if he died 5-10 years after selling the team, he would be mentioned, but not that much around the league. However he felt that if he died while owning the team, half mass flags throughout the entire league, Media Frenzy, Moments of silence in every arena Etc Etc.
With Kelly being sick, I do not know about this anymore. But the fact is if it was true Gillette wanted to buy the team, I doubt he would say forget it just because Jim is not capable anymore.
Lets not forget about Galisano. He absolutely Loves football and the Buffalo Bills, way more than he ever cared about hockey. Galisano said after he sold the team, If the Bills are for sale, don't worry Buffalo, I will buy the team before they ever have a chance of relocating.
Pegula could be another person, but he would only consider buying the team if there were no potential owners willing to keep the team in Buffalo. Pegula would only step in if there were no other options available, but this will not be a problem. There are several people willing to buy the team and keep them here. Everyone realizes that LA has had multiple failed organizations throughout the last 20-years, therefore they are not in any hurry to be the latest failure in the City. The only way LA gets another team is for the League to expand. That is the only way owners would vote on it.
Unless the team was Jacksonville, which right now makes less money than any of the failed LA football franchises have ever made. Therefore by losing the money out of Jacksonville, it is worth the gamble because a team in LA cannot really do any worse. The Bills make money despite what people think. The owners would not OK a move to lose the money the Bills make, in hopes that a new LA franchise will have the longevity and make as much as Buffalo did. They wont take that risk.