Mary Wilson took control of the Buffalo Bills when Ralph Wilson died at the age of 95 last month. There has been much speculation over whether Mary Wilson will sell the team and if so, to whom will she sell. On the list of possible new owners is former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano and Buffalo Bisons owner Robert “Bob” Rich, Jr.
According to an April 6 front page article in the Buffalo News regarding the ownership and sale of the Buffalo Bills, former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano and Robert “Bob” Rich, Jr., owner of the Buffalo Bisons, may be interested in owning the Buffalo Bills franchise.
Also on the list of potential owners of the Buffalo Bills franchise are Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. Billionaires Donald Trump and Jeffrey Gundlach are also rumored to have shown interest in purchasing the Bills.
Rochester, N.Y. based billionaire Tom Golisano is the founder of Payroll by Paychex, the second largest payroll processor in the United States. In order for Golisano to move the Bills to Rochester a stadium would need to be built. Rochester is 90 minutes from Buffalo, making it highly unlikely that Golisano would move the team. If Golisano were to ask New York State for funds in order to build a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills, it is improbable that either Gov. Andrew Cuomo, any state senator or congressmen would approve the funds such an endeavor.
Robert “Bob” Rich, Jr.’s family name once was emblazoned on the stadium that now bears Ralph Wilson’s name. Bob Rich is chairman of Rich Products Corporation, the largest family-owned frozen foods manufacturer in the United States. Rich Products has been based in Buffalo for decades. Bob Rich also owns the Buffalo Bisons, the AAA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Rich no longer lives in the Western New York area. He and his wife Mindy currently reside in Islamorada, Fla. There are already three NFL franchises in Florida, making it unlikely that Bob Rich would move the Bills, but would keep them in Buffalo.
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