The carousel carries on for the Buffalo Bills as the family of Delaware North owner Jeremy Jacobs has returned to once more toss their hat in the ring as the team approaches the bidding stage of its sale process. The group is reportedly exploring options for a new stadium in Erie or Niagara county, according to the Boston Globe, which will make the family among three or four major groups gearing up for a bid once the time is right.
In addition to the multi-billion dollar concession company, Delaware North Companies, Jeremy Jacobs also owns TD Garden in Boston, which houses the Boston Bruins of the NHL and the Boston Celtics of the NBA. DNC specializes in game time or airport concessions and since those industries aren’t going out of style any time soon, the Jacobs family has oodles of money with which they can not only purchase the Bills, but also put down a serious payment toward a new stadium.
The stadium issue is what will separate the contenders from the pretenders in the Buffalo Bills sale process. Along with Tom Golisano and Terry Pegula, Jeremy Jacobs and his family provide one of the best bets for a Buffalo-centric owner who can not only afford the team’s asking price, but also tack on another few hundred million to a billion dollars to build a stadium in Western New York.
All of this is just more good news for Buffalo sports fans. The Jacobs family hails from the Buffalo area and while Jeremy owns the Boston Bruins, his sons don’t own a sports team and could easily attach their name to the Bills and keep the team at home. The region’s most loyal billionaires have now all stepped up and expressed interest not just in purchasing the NFL club, but in keeping the team in Western New York. If the Bills can’t keep their team in Buffalo for years to come with this much interest, then it was never meant to be in the first place.