Donald Trump is among those expressing interest in owning The Buffalo Bills.
The NFL team is currently under the ownership of Mary Wilson. Her husband, Ralph Wilson Jr., passed away just under a month ago at the age of 95. The team has stated on its website that it is in the process of planning the sale of the team in a way that is compliant with the NFL, the state, and county.
Although Donald Trump made his name as a real-estate developer, he’s been involved in football before. He once owned the New Jersey Generals (a team in the short-lived United States Football League) who are probably best known for their starting running back Herschel Walker. Trump is a businessman and many of the rumors and hesitations surrounding his bid for the team have come out of fear that he would move the franchise. If we want to take Trump at his word however, Bills fans can rest assured. On Twitter, he’s made multiple comments about the team, one of which reads “A storied franchise with a loyal fan base @buffalobills should remain in Buffalo.”
A storied franchise with a loyal fanbase, @buffalobills should remain in Buffalo.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2014
He appears to have no desire to move The Bills. ESPN is also reporting that he has hired at least three political and legal specialists to help his efforts for the team. Trump is the type to relish at the sight of his name in the media, but if he’s serious, he just might be the right man for the job.
After all, he is a lifelong New Yorker, born and bred.
A main obstacle in his way will be the necessary votes from current NFL owners. Being that Trump was owner of the New Jersey Generals, he was part of the USFL’s antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. Some owners may still hold a grudge, but it’s hard to tell.
Ultimately Trump could put the media’s spotlight on Buffalo. He is also likely to spend the cash needed to get big talent to the Bills. NFL fans just have to wait and see what Mary Wilson and the Bill’s organization decide to do with the team.