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March 27, 2014

Bills staying put for now following Wilson's death

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Tonawanda News — As a result, the original American Football League franchise is expected to be placed into a trust overseen by the executors of Wilson’s estate before being put up for sale. That opens the potential of the team being sold and relocated.

Los Angeles could be a landing spot. So would Toronto, where the Bills played annual regular-season games since 2008 before postponing their series last month.

“Well, I haven’t focused on that,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said when asked about the franchise’s future at league meetings in Orlando, Fla. “We know the terms of that lease. And we also know we have to find a long-term solution to keep the Bills there, and that’s what we’ll continue to work to do.”

Nonetheless, a list of ownership candidates has emerged to purchase a franchise valued at around $870 million. It’s not every day an NFL team goes on sale.

The list includes:

— Bills’ Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has made no secret that he has put together a group of investors to buy the team. Kelly’s health, however, has become an issue. The 54-year-old is preparing to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment following a recurrence of cancer.

— California-based bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach expressed interest in buying the Bills three years ago. Gundlach, who founded DoubleLine Capital, is a Bills fan and has ties to Buffalo.

— Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula.

— Two Toronto-based groups — Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment and Rogers Communications — have been mentioned as groups interested in buying the Bills with the intention of relocating them north of the border.

— New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi has expressed interest in becoming an NFL owner, and is close with MLSE President Tim Leiweke.

— Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs or his immediate family can’t be counted out. Jacobs is from Buffalo, and his Delaware North food service company is headquartered in the city.

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