Wilson Apparently Still Hospitalized, Lease Talks Continue

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Ralph Wilson Jr. at Quarterback Club Lunch

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Whenever Ralph Wilson, the 93 year old owner of the Buffalo Bills falls ill, Western New York holds its collective breath.

Wilson was hospitalized last week with what a source tells 2 On Your Side is a minor infection.

Following an event at the stadium on Friday, Wilson's niece Mary Owen, who works for the team said that Wilson was in "good condition" at an unnamed hospital and doing "very well."

2 On Your Side checked with the Bills on Monday and a spokesman told us there would be no update on Wilson's condition.

Scott Brown spoke on Monday with County Executive Mark Poloncarz who's in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.

Poloncarz says he was told by the Bills late last week about Wilson being hospitalized.

Poloncarz says he hasn't heard from the Bills since, and so he says "we have no reason to believe anything but that Mr. Wilson is getting better."

The sense of concern about Wilson's health is especially acute because his hospitalization comes in the midst of negotiations for a new lease for the team.

Poloncarz says "we're having continuous meetings with the Bills and separate meetings with the state," about a new lease.

A source tells us the cost of improvements at the stadium is likely to be in the range of $225 million.

So, one of the major pieces of the lease is determining how those costs will be divided among the county, the state and the Bills.

Poloncarz says the state is looking at other stadium deals around the country to see what other states have contributed towards stadium renovations.

Sam Hoyt is the governor's representative in Western New York and is involved in the lease talks.

When 2 On Your Side reached Hoyt on Monday, he would say only that the lease negotiations were moving forward "smoothly."

Poloncarz, who had said previously that he wanted a lease done by the start of training camp, now says his goal is to have it completed by the end of the year.

The current lease expires next year.

















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