Tonawanda News


May 16, 2014

Kelly vows to beat cancer, keep Bills in Buffalo


Tonawanda News — Kelly’s brother, Dan, said he’s had several conversations with at least one candidate, New York City developer Donald Trump.

Beyond that, Jim Kelly urged fans show their support and convince prospective owners to keep the team in the region.

“The Buffalo Bills are a part of life here. They brought me to Buffalo and I love this community so much that I stayed here to raise my family,” he said. “Now is the time. It’s absolutely critical to come out and show your support for the team this season to show the new owners how crazy they’d be to take the team elsewhere.”

Though valued at $870 million, the Bills’ price tag is expected to be higher because it’s rare for NFL franchise’s to go on the market. There is also anticipated to be more than a few bidders, which has the potential of driving the price higher.

One of prospective ownership groups is expected to include Toronto-based businessmen Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and Edward Rogers, deputy chairman of Rogers Communications. Their group is regarded by Buffalo-area leaders as one that would be interested in buying the team and moving it to Toronto.

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