Future of Buffalo Bills

March 26, 2014 Updated Mar 26, 2014 at 11:16 PM EDT

By John Borsa

March 26, 2014 Updated Mar 26, 2014 at 11:16 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Even before his death, Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. wanted to make sure the fans were taken care of.

The team's lease with Erie County for Ralph Wilson Stadium guarantees that the Bills will be in Buffalo for another six years.

"That is an enormous gift that Ralph Wilson gave to the Buffalo community, to the Bills fans," said sports consultant Marc Ganis, president of Sports Corp. Ltd.

"And let me add it will reduce the value of this franchise," he said, because the lease makes it nearly impossible to move the team out of town.

A new owner would have to pay a $400 million penalty, but first get permission from a judge. That is unlikely, according to Ganis.

And that is the way Wilson wanted it.

"In some ways, he knew he would not live to see the full extent of and that's why it's going to be another part of his legacy, ensuring that the teams stays here after he's died," said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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