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"The most important thing without a doubt is whoever will keep the team in Buffalo will make people happy. But then, (they'll ask) ' are you going to keep the team here, but will they spend money, are they going to keep the home games in Buffalo, are they going to be able to work with the NFL to get some of the best deals possible',"
-- Prof. Tim Delaney, Bills Fan, Author of " The Sociology of Sports"
"I know that there are a number of entities interested and individuals that are interested in purchasing the Bills, including some from this community. My goal certainly is to keep the Bills here long term,":
--Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
EARLIER COVERAGE: The Buffalo Bills Guessing Game
From The Associated Press March 26:
Who Could Own The Bills? Here's a list of the likely suspects.
Bills' Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has made no secret that he has put together a group of investors to buy the team. Kelly's health, however, has become an issue. The 54-year-old is preparing to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment following a recurrence of cancer.
- California-based bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach expressed interest in buying the Bills three years ago. Gundlach, who founded DoubleLine Capital, is a Bills fan and has ties to Buffalo.
- Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula.
- Two Toronto-based groups - Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment and Rogers Communications - have been mentioned as groups interested in buying the Bills with the intention of relocating them north of the border.
- New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi has expressed interest in becoming an NFL owner, and is close with MLSE President Tim Leiweke.
- Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs or his immediate family can't be counted out. Jacobs is from Buffalo, and his Delaware North food service company is headquartered in the city.
Jacobs' NFL interests date to the late 1990s, when he failed in a bid to purchase the Browns in their return to Cleveland. NFL rules bar owners from running sports teams in separate markets, meaning J