Donald Trump wants to get back into football. The former owner of the now defunct USFL team, the New Jersey Generals, is putting in a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills franchise.
The Bills franchise is up for sale after the death of longtime owner Ralph Wilson back in March. Earlier in the month ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio stated that the Bills franchise is expected to sell for at least $1.1 billion.
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.
Although Trump will be putting in a bid, he himself is keen to the fact that he likely will not win. According to Fox Sports, Trump is “not going to do something totally stupid” in order to ensure that the team is his.
According to reports, Trump’s offer will be made today along with other potential buyers such as rockstar Jon Bon Jovi.
With the franchise up for grabs, many Bills fans are worried that their beloved team will be bought, and subsequently moved to another city. Sal Paolantonio spoke with radio station WGR 550 a few weeks back, stating that he believes there is no chance the team is moving regardless of who buys the franchise:
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.
It will be interesting to see who becomes the new owner over the next few weeks.