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Mary Wilson to take over as owner of the Bills

E.J. Manuel
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According to Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News on Friday, Mary Wilson was named controlling owner of the Buffalo Bills this past week after the death of her husband Ralph Wilson on March 25.

Mary Wilson, who is 68 years of age, is one of four female owners in the NFL joining Virginia Halas McCaskey of the Chicago Bears, Maratha Ford of the Detroit Lions and Carol Davis of the Oakland Raiders.

Female ownership in professional sports is nothing new. Georgia Frontiere owned the St. Louis Rams and controversially moved the team from Los Angeles during her thirty years in power and Marge Schott was the controversial owner of the Cincinnati Reds from 1984 to 1999.

The Calgary Flames have also had a female owner in their franchise history. Sonia Scurfield was the co-owner of the Flames from 1985-1994. She took co-ownership of the Flames after the death of her husband Ralph in a skiing accident.

Even though Mary Wilson is the current owner of the Bills, there are current plans to sell the team to other interests.