The Buffalo Bills received a shock with the death of owner Ralph Wilson and now the relocation talk and the future of the franchise has come up as a topic of conversation and billionaire Donald Trump could be in the mix to be the next owner and that could lead to the team eventually moving to Los Angeles, which is something the NFL has wanted for years.
Talk of the Bills moving has been in the air for many years, but with Wilson as the owner and the fan base strong, those tides were held over. Now that he has passed away, the stadium issues that have been plaguing the team has come to the forefront and while some improvements have been made, some think it's not enough to keep the team in Buffalo. Western New York has been one of the most interesting settings for an NFL team and just like Green Bay, it is a smaller market than most professional teams see.
The NFL has been committed to Buffalo, but the economy there is not thriving and the fact that the league is not in one of the biggest media markets has the league office freaking. The league wants to move a team there but so far they have not found the right situation. Trump was quoted by ESPN.com saying that he has been asked to look at the situation and the ownership possibilities, but that still would be in the future anyway. Trump said it would be hard to have the Bills leave Buffalo and he also mentioned that he is friends with Jim Kelly, so moving the team likely would not be coming up if Trump got involved.
"I know so many people in Buffalo and they have asked me about look at that and I certainly would look at it but I would ... if it were me I'd keep the team in Buffalo," Trump said. "I think it's something that is really vital to the area. ... It would be catastrophic, in my opinion, if Buffalo lost the Buffalo Bills."