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Besides what is happening on the field, Bills fans have at least one eye on the ownership situation in Western New York.
After longtime owner and stadium namesake Ralph Wilson passed away in March, the process of finding a new owner for the team began. There are a wide variety of suitors, ranging all the way from Donald Trump to a group headed by Jon Bon Jovi.
But besides the names everyone immediately recognizes, there is one potential buyer that should not be overlooked. That is Terry Pegula, who also owns the NHL's Buffalo Sabres. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News cited a source saying "the interest is real" concerning Pegula's potential to try to corner the sports market in Buffalo.
If his interest is indeed legit, Pegula has the financial clout to land the Bills. Not only does he already own the Sabres, but Pegula recently "sold 75,000 acres of Utica and Marcellus Shale leases in West Virginia and Ohio," also per Graham.
That resulted in a $1.75 billion windfall for Pegula, giving him plenty of financial clout to make a run at the Bills. And should Pegula land the Bills, he has plenty of other wealthy backers to see that the team remains in New York. The Jacobs family, owners of the Boston Bruins and Western New York-based Delaware North, runs the concessions at the First Niagra Center, where the Sabres play.
Robert J. McCarthy and Tom Precious of the Buffalo News reported that the Jacobs family is looking into building and owning a new stadium in or around Buffalo, which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said is a necessity.
C. Dean Metropoulos, who owns Pabst Blue Ribbon and resurrected the Twinkie, has also been reported as a potential Bills buyer, per Graham. But if Pegula and the Jacobs family are as serious as reported, there may be no competing with them.