Talks are heating up as speculation that the Buffalo Bills franchise is to be sold is running rampant through the NFL community. If in fact the Bills are going to be sold, it will be quite the hefty sum for the potential buyer.
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio stated that the Bills franchise is expected to sell at least $1.1 billion. He also added that the sale would likely come before the end of this calendar year.
That number is astonishing, especially considering the fact that Forbes valued the Bills franchise recently at $870 million, which is 30th among 32 NFL franchises.
With new ownership more than likely, Bills fans are worried the team will be leaving Buffalo. Paolantonio, who spoke with radio station WGR 550 earlier this week, stated that he believes there is no chance the team is moving:
I don’t think the team’s moving. I would stake my professional reputation on it. I think people in ownership want to see the team stay here. I think they want to continue the legacy of Ralph Wilson. I think Roger Goodell is convinced.
With Paolantonio being one of the more respected journalists in the business, for him to say he “would stake (his) professional reputation on it” is certainly bold. It seems that Bills fans do not have much to worry about in regards to the team leaving anytime soon.
As for the Bills team themselves, they are focused on improving in the AFC East with a healthy EJ Manuel at the helm and CJ Spiller in the backfield.