Clause in Bills Non-relocation Agreement Sparks Controversy

April 29, 2014 Updated Apr 29, 2014 at 6:24 PM EDT

By Hannah Buehler

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April 29, 2014 Updated Apr 29, 2014 at 6:24 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) A columnist's article posted in the Toronto Sun on the future of the Bills in Buffalo has everyone talking.

John Kryk a columnist for the Toronto Sun found a clause buried deep in the Bills non-relocation agreement that states, in essence the Bills cannot sell to a buyer who has intention to relocate the team during the non-relocation term. The non-relocation term runs through February of 2020.

“I don’t want people to assume that there is a provision in the lease which states they cannot sell it to someone in the long run, whether it’s in 2030 or 2040,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

There’s been much speculation over who will own the team next, County executive Poloncarz says there have been quite a few potential buyers who have expressed interest in being the next Bills franchise owners.

“There are some from inside this area and outside this area,” said Poloncarz. “Including the ones from outside this area don't necessarily want to move the team. They understand the value that the team has so they are also looking to purchase the team to keep it in Buffalo whether they live in Buffalo or not.”

Poloncarz says he fully expects a new owner to be in place by this time next year. He says there are steps that need to be taken first such as determining the value of the franchise as of the time of Ralph Wilson’s death, and research and profiles on new potential Bills owners.

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