Saturday, November 10, 2007

UPDATE: Jim Kelly confident about Bills future

Here is an update on the recent news about Jim Kelly getting a group together to try and buy the Bills:

Jim Kelly talked openly tonight about his goal of buying the Buffalo Bills football franchise from current owner Ralph Wilson. He tried to calm fears expressed by some Western New Yorkers, that the Bills will be sold and move out of Buffalo once Wilson passes away. Kelly says Wilson is committed to keeping the Bills in Buffalo, and he is working on a plan to make that happen.

Jim Kelly is banking on big bucks to buy the Buffalo Bills and he's quarterbacking a team of investors to make it happen. Kelly said, "Trust me, there's a lot of people that have that kind of money. I don't. But I know the people who do. The thing is, I can't name names right now. I won't do it." The franchise is estimated at over $800 million.

Another former Bills quarterback, and former county executive, Ed Rutkowski said, "I think the Buffalo Bills will be here forever. I think the plans to play a game in Canada next season, makes sense, to bring to brand name into Toronto."

Kelly agreed with that statement, saying extending the Bills fan base is only a good thing for the team and Western New York. "When you see that we are having games in Canada, that's a great thing, bringing people from Canada down to Buffalo. But I don't think there's anything more to it than that."

CLARENCE, NY - Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly spoke before the Media tonight at the 10th Annual Hunters Hope Candlelight Ball, commenting on the possibility of purchasing the Bills.

Earlier in the week Kelly mentioned that he knew of a number of possible suitors who would team up and buy the club if owner Ralph Wilson should choose to sell.

Kelly has been contacted by several people interested in putting together a group of buyers to ensure the Bills remain in Buffalo, but all they can do now is talk.

At the press conference Kelly made it clear that Ralph Wilson has not said anything about selling the team, but assured he does not want the Bills anywhere but in Western New York.

"I will give every effort in my power to make sure the Bills stay here but until Mr. Wilson is ready to talk, I'm on his side," said Kelly.

Kelly also said that Mr. Wilson has no intent on moving the team and that if he did, "it would have happened a long time ago."

Kelly also touched briefly on the idea of a stadium being built downtown calling it a "great idea."

This can all only be taken as GREAT news to any Buffalo Bills fan. Of course, it doesn't really matter all that much until Wilson decides to sell the team or at least part of the team. Furthermore, Wilson has stated previously that he would never sell the team while he is alive. BUT with Jim Kelly, his once great former quarterback chirping in his ear, that can only help.

The stuff about a waterfront stadium I don't buy into much at all but who cares I just want the Bills to stay in Buffalo and if Jimbo says he has investors then he has investors. Granted if Wilson passes before a transfer of ownership occurs, the highest bidder presumably gets the team, but who's to say these investors couldn't be the "high bidder". I also struggle with the idea of a high bidder, because the NFL isn't going to let some asshole off the street buy into their prestigious and exclusive league.

Nothing more we can do now so fuck it, the Bills have some mammal meat to cook up tomorrow to push their record to 5-4. Miss Cleo? Samkon Gado? Cam-cam and mularkchuck? Bring it.


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