Future Of Bills In Buffalo More Secure Thanks To Billionaire Tom Golisano?

The future of the Bills in Western New York seems a little bit more secure in light of recent comments made by Rochester billionaire Tom Golisano. Golisano, who recently sold the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL after saving them from bankruptcy in 2003, said he is interested in helping the Bills remain part of the community. The Bills are owned by founder Ralph Wilson, 92, who has said his family has no interest in operating the team after he’s gone.

“I think the key issue would be the level of concern I would have about them leaving the community, and the higher the concern, the more interest I probably would have,” Golisano said. “If there were people here in the community who had the wherewithal and the desire to take over the team and didn’t need what I had to offer, I’d say that would be great. I would be happy. But the level of interest will vary greatly, depending on the level of concern.” Wilson has never had an interest in selling the Bills and nobody is certain of their future. “Ralph Wilson is a very smart guy, and if he thinks he has an estate tax problem or is going to have an estate tax problem, I would have to assume he’s already done something about it,” Golisano said. “Now, I know he plays his cards very close to the vest, but I don’t ever know if the Buffalo Bills are going to be for sale.”


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