Trump approached about buying Bills

By on April 2, 2014
Football

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:12 PM

Updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:39 PM

Donald Trump, former owner of the USFL’s New Jersey Generals, says Tuesday that he’s been approached by a group with interest in purchasing the Buffalo Bills.Darren McCollester/Getty Images Donald Trump, former owner of the USFL’s New Jersey Generals, says Tuesday that he’s been approached by a group with interest in purchasing the Buffalo Bills.

Donald Trump, who once led an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, says he’s been approached by a group of investors looking to buy the Buffalo Bills.

“People have actually talked to be about the Bills,” the real estate mogul told WBEN radio in Buffalo before making a speech at a gun rights rally in Albany.

“A group of people called me and asked ‘would I be interested in investing’, and I’ll take a look at it,” Trump said. “I mean, I look at a lot of things. I’ll take a look at it.”

Bills founder and sole owner Ralph Wilson died last week at 95, leaving the state of the franchise in flux. Since 2008, the team has played one regular season game in nearby Toronto each year, fueling speculation that the franchise might move there. The “Bills Toronto Series” was postponed for the 2014 season after fewer than 39,000 fans attended the 2013 game between the Bills and Falcons.

Gary Wiepert/AP Following the death of owner Ralph Wilson, speculation is growing about the Bills possibly relocating from Buffalo.

While Wilson remained steadfast that the Bills would remain in Western New York, speculation about a possible relocation has gained traction in the days following Wilson’s death. Trump said he’d be committed to keep the Bills in Buffalo if he becomes a part of the team’s ownership group.

“I know so many people in Buffalo, and they have asked me about looking 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.”

If Trump were to join a group with a intentions of buying the Bills, the group would have to be approved by the league’s other 31 owners. Given Trump’s history in the USFL — fairly or unfairly, the former owner of the New Jersey Generals is accused of killing the league by successfully lobbying USLF owners to agree to move its schedule from the spring to the fall to compete against the NFL and bringing the lawsuit against the NFL — any potential bid may be nothing more than a Hail Mary pass.


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