Kevin Fishbain of Pro Football Weekly reports although not mentioned by Tim Leiweke of AEG as one of the teams he spoke to about relocating to Los Angeles, the Bills could be the team that eventually winds up in Los Angeles.
Bills owner Ralph Wilson has said the Bills will go to the highest bidder after he dies. Although Wilson wants the Bills to stay in Buffalo, it will be out of his hands.
CEO Russ Brandon discussed the team’s future with multiple media outlets on the heels of the unveiling of new uniforms, pushing the Bills’ regionalization in Ontario, Canada and Rochester, N.Y.
“Back 5-10 years ago, no one thought we would sell 160 suites, that we would sell 188 suites in the new NFL, so to speak. We were able to accomplish that by regionalizing,” he said.
“We are very happy in Buffalo and we are focused on Buffalo,” Brandon added. “Our focus is right here in Buffalo — point blank, period.”
The Bills lease on Ralph Wilson stadium with Erie County is up at the end of 2012. Brandon said he has talked with Chris Collins, the county executive, about the lease, but he said that not much could be done without a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The buyout of the lease is reportedly very low.
AEG group wants to not only build a stadium but also wants to own a team and bring it to L.A. The Bills, unlike the Vikings, Chargers and Rams, will be up for sale sooner than later, as Wilson is 92 years old.
This makes the Bills a viable candidate to relocate to Los Angeles.