With the sad news of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson passing away recently, speculation regarding the next owner of the success-starved franchise has grown like wildfire. That shouldn’t change with the latest NFL rumors suggesting Donald Trump could be in play for at least a partial ownership of the Bills franchise. Put simply, the New York billionaire businessman would be terrific for the club in the owner’s box.
Trump recently said during a radio interview that he’s been approached by a group looking to buy the Bills and he’s “interested” in the opportunity and will “take a look at it.” That’s certainly no guarantee that he’ll be the new face of the Bills’ front office anytime soon, but his familiarity and involvement with the organization certainly make it seem like there’s a good chance it will happen.
Trump is reportedly “close friends” with former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who is currently battling cancer. Kelly has always said he will try hard to keep the Bills in Buffalo after Wilson’s passing and Trump echoed those comments this week. Considering these two friends both share the same goal for the same franchise, it only makes sense that Trump would be a favorite to at least be a part of the Bills’ next ownership group.
Buffalo fans desperately wants to keep their team where it is and if an “outsider” bought the team, he or she could easily move the Bills to Los Angeles, which has been speculation regarding the franchise for some time. If Trump had a stake in the team and he’s true to his word, then Bills fans should be hoping the NYC financial giant follows through on his interest in purchasing the organization. Otherwise, we could be looking at a new location and a new name for a franchise with a loyal fan base that hasn’t been treated well over the past two decades.