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Buffalo Bills Continue to Stir Interest Among Prospective Owners

April 28th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The talk around the Buffalo Bills' ownership situation has continued to swirl in recent days, with several parties speaking out about their interest in the club.

Mary Wilson has taken controlling interest of the team in the wake of the death of her husband, Ralph Wilson Jr. She's said she will sell when the time is right.

'Donald Trump' photo (c) 2011, Gage Skidmore - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Real estate mogul Donald Trump renewed his call via Twitter in recent days that he wants to buy the Bills and keep them in Buffalo. He organized a team of Buffalo-area agents, many of whom helped gauge his interest in running for governor of New York state, to help lobby and make the necessary calls. One of those people, Nick Langworthy, told media outlets that Trump is awaiting a sale price before he proceeds too far; Forbes values the team at nearly $900 million.

Former quarterback Jim Kelly was confirmed earlier this month to have been contacted about joining an ownership group as a face and minority financial contributor. Another former Bill, running back Thurman Thomas, confirmed the same thing's happened to him.

"Thurman has been contacted by several potential buyers for the Buffalo Bills," said John Mariacher, who works with Thomas in the Mariacher Thomas LLC business enterprise in the Buffalo area. "To this point, he has not aligned himself with any of these groups. Thurman has the utmost respect for Mary Wilson and is acting accordingly. When the time comes, he will do everything in his power to help keep the team in Buffalo."

Another prominent Buffalonian, Jeremy Jacobs Jr., confirmed involvement in the purchase process. He is the principal of Delaware North Companies, and is the alternate governor of the NHL's Boston Bruins, which are owned by his father. His dad could not own the Bills per NFL rules, but nothing would stop the younger Jacobs from buying them.

"We are using our resources, our contacts and our relationships to do everything we can to ensure the Bills stay in Buffalo," he said.
 
 
Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Bills, Donald Trump, Football, Jeremy Jacobs, Jim Kelly, NFL, Ralph Wilson Jr., Thurman Thomas

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