Buffalo (WKBW) Jeremy Jacobs is a billionaire with local connections to Western New York who has long been mentioned with the future of the Buffalo Bills. Recent reports have pointed to him as a prime candidate to purchase the team. Friday, at least publicly, the owner of the Boston Bruins was downplaying any interest.
Delaware North Companies, where Jacobs is the Chairman and CEO, provided the following statement to Eyewitness Sports Director Jeff Russo on Friday
"Several reports have listed Jeremy Jacobs as potentially interested in buying the Buffalo Bills. Mr Jacobs owns the Boston Bruins and has no intention of selling the Bruins in order to purchase the Buffalo Bills. His focus is on ensuring the Boston Bruins continue to be a successful and winning franchise for the City of Boston and New England. He is a strong supporter of the Buffalo Bills as a storied franchise that has seen great success under Ralph Wilson. Mr. Jacobs would certainly be a strong supporter of any effort to keep the Bills in Western New York and is a big fan of the franchise and its leadership."
NFL rules prohibit a franchise from being owned by someone who also owns another professional team in another NFL market. The Bruins are in New England Patriots territory.
Jacobs has owned the Bruins since 1975 so as it stands he would not be allowed to own the Bills. But what about other members of his family?
Jacobs has six children. His three sons; Jerry Jacobs Jr., Lou Jacobs and Charlie Jacobs are all listed as principals with Delaware North. Only Charlie is listed as also being a principal with the Boston Bruins.
Potential transfers of ownership in the NFL are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Just for background, any family member owning the Bills would not be able to have any operational involvement with the team in another NFL market.
Eyewitness Sports was told by a Delaware North spokesperson that both Jerry Jr, and Lou Jacobs were out of town for the weekend and were not available for comment on their interest in the team.