Could the Bills Be on the Move after 2013?


Not exactly the best news to read as a Bills fan on this Friday morning, but definitely a scary wake up call. A fellow Bills fan, Nick Mendola, has bought to everyone’s attention that the city of Buffalo’s lease on Ralph Wilson Stadium, expires on July 30, 2013. Which means a potential move could be on the horizon.

Rumors of moving have been around for many years now, but instead of talking about it, Bills fans choose to turn the other cheek and refuse to believe that one day they could lose their beloved franchise. Even though the Bills last winning season came in 2004 (9-7, no playoffs), thousands of fans still come to support their team week after week. Matter of fact, last year alone, the Bills were ranked 10th out of the 32 teams in attendance, coming in at an average of 70,128 a game, pretty impressive if you ask me.

But no matter how much outside support the Bills get from their fans, the future of this beloved franchise lies within the hands of their 91-year-old owner Ralph Wilson. Wilson and the Bills have been in the NFL since 1960, leaving no dispute that Wilson has put his entire life into the Bills. Wilson also has insisted that he will neither sell nor move the team from its small-market roots during his lifetime. Unfortunately, father time is no longer on Wilson’s side, and after publicly stating that he won’t pass on the franchise to his children after he’s gone, the Bills could someday soon be on the market.

What does that mean? Well the Bills have already been linked to Los Angeles, San Jose, and of course Toronto, but it no matter the location, it will always come down to money. Blue Jay’s Owner, Ted Rogers will surely have Roger Goodell on speed dial to give his first pitch on why a NFL needs to be in Toronto. With a rumored offer of $900 million for the team and $500 spent on a new state of the art stadium, Toronto might seem like a no brainer to the Commish.

But if a hero does come along to keep the Bills in Buffalo (Jim Kelly do you hear me?), not only will they need money to buy the team, but also need to renovate and update Ralph Wilson Stadium. Seems like an impossible job for one man alone, but with the help of the right team of investors, it could be possible.

Either way, the one sure thing right now is that the 2010 NFL season is on it’s way, and no matter how good or bad the Bills are this year, I urge you to put on your fan gear, and go support this team, there may only be 21 more chances to do so in Western New York.


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7 Responses to “Could the Bills Be on the Move after 2013?”

  1. Dan Carter says:

    Sure hope not….The Bills are a storied franchise.
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  2. Cordell Green says:

    I’d be willing to bet against your claim that Ted Rogers will be on the phone to Goodell at ANY time in the future. Come on, make me a bet. Please? 😉

  3. Paul says:

    Oh my! I was so busy concentrating on Ralph Wilson’s life line to notice that Ted passed away last year. Apologies to the Rogers’ family!

    Just goes to show how I pay little to no attention to Canada!

  4. Cordell Green says:

    lol That’s ok. We pay close enough attention up here.

  5. Todd says:

    Really, Canada will never get a NFL teal. To much uncertainty between TV rights, Politics and exchange rates. Yes the Canadian Dollar is strong now. But what happens if it falls? The same thing that that happened to there Hockey teams( they want to be payed in US Dollars) The team most likely will be moved to LA. However, the NFL does not want a REPEAT of the Cleveland Browns incident. The NFL has the right to impose a $500 million tax on moving the team ( which it will impose on this situation)

  6. Scott McMurray says:

    The Ralph doesn’t need to be updated, it was renovated 10 years ago, adding premium seats and luxury suites. The rest of the fans don’t need TVs at their seats and massage parlors: it’s Buffalo, people come to watch football. Sorry Paul, but the stadium isn’t the problem.

  7. toronto football head says:

    Bills will be moving to toronto we have money are are the 4th largest media market in north america, buffalo is lucky if it even crack the top 30. If i was a bill fan which i am not, i would rather them be 2 hr away then at the other end of the country. Sorry western new york, i just enjoy going to the airport for those cheap southwest flights. We would have to change the name to the argos though and have no ties to the past.