Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bills’ fans concerned

BUFFALO, N.Y.—A Buffalo Bills’ fan group uncovered documents that suggest a Toronto-based prospective ownership group has plans to relocate the franchise north of the border.
In a release issued today, the Buffalo Fan Alliance identified several announcements referring to Rogers Communications consultant Roger Rai as part of the ownership group “attempting to acquire and move the Buffalo Bills to Toronto.”

Rai told The AP yesterday that he’s not involved with the group’s ownership bid.
He added the references connecting him to the proposed Bills’ purchase were “a mistake on my behalf,” and the result of a misinterpretation made by a co-worker who wrote the biography.
The alliance, made up of fans, former Bills’ players, and business leaders, said the references made in the documents “would seem to cast further doubt on the credibility” of the Toronto group’s assurances to keep the Bills in Buffalo.
Rogers is part of a Bills’ prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi and Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.
The Bills are on the market after Hall-of-Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.
And questions of the franchise’s long-term future in Buffalo have been an issue throughout the sale process.
Although a lease agreement essentially locks the Bills into playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium through the 2019 season, there is a one-year opt-out clause that would allow them to move in 2020.
Last month, Bon Jovi tried to address questions regarding his ownership plans in a seven-paragraph letter published in The Buffalo News.
He wrote it was his objective “to carry on the legacy of Ralph Wilson and make the Bills successful in Buffalo.”

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