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Bills Preparing Portfolio For Potential Buyers As Speculation Of New Owner Grows
Published April 14, 2014
WHY DON'T YOU STAY: In Buffalo, Zremski, Gaughan & McCarthy cited legal experts as saying that the provisions of the Bills’ 10-year lease on Ralph Wilson Stadium and "an accompanying non-relocation agreement are so tough that a new owner who wants to move the team would likely be in for a rough encounter with the law." If the Bills’ new owner "violated such an injunction, the owner could be charged with civil or criminal contempt of court" (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/13). In Boston, Ben Volin wrote the prospect of moving "still hovers over the franchise, but the forecast isn’t nearly as gloomy as it was expected to be in years past." NBC News' Luke Russert, a Bills fan, said, "What the lease does is it gives the town and the area an effective amount of time to work out a feasible solution. The lease gave everybody who’s a Bills fan somewhat of a new lease on life." Volin noted whomever buys the Bills "is less important than his intentions with the team." Russert said, "If Donald Trump wants to buy the Bills and guarantees the Bills stay in Buffalo, I think we would all welcome Mr. Trump’s ownership. I don't think we really care who owns the team, as long as they’re committed to Buffalo and to the region" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/13).