What Happens if the Buffalo Bills Leave WNY?

May 20, 2014 Updated May 20, 2014 at 8:49 AM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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May 20, 2014 Updated May 20, 2014 at 8:49 AM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) As the Western New York community waits to see who will become the new owner of the Buffalo Bills, there is also great anxiety about the team leaving.

But what would that mean for our region?

State and local officials say losing the NFL Buffalo Bills will have a more widespread impact than many people realize.

In a special report, Channel Seven's Ed Reilly takes a closer look at the team's importance to Western New York.

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