BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A Buffalo Bills fan group has uncovered documents that suggest a Toronto-based prospective ownership group has plans to relocate the franchise north of the border.
The Buffalo Fan Alliance on Thursday identified several announcements referring to Rogers Communications consultant, Roger Rai, as being part of the ownership group "attempting to acquire and move the Buffalo Bills to Toronto."
The references were included in two press releases issued this year, and in Rai's biography published in a petroleum company's public filing in January.
"They have a very steep hill to climb in convincing the fan base and the community that they would be committed to WNY. And I think today that got even steeper and may have turned into a cliff," Matt Sabuda of the Buffalo Fan Alliance said.
Rai told The Associated Press he is not involved with the group's bid. He says the references were the result of a misinterpretation by a co-worker who wrote the biography.
Rogers is part of a prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi and Larry Tanenbaum.
All of this could come back to the current Bills lease with Erie County, that states the team cannot be sold to anyone who has the intent to move it.
"Certainly these documents may be read to be violative of those lease provisions and those non relocation provisions," attorney and Buffalo Fan Alliance director Brian Cinelli said.
And that alone could keep the team in Buffalo.