ATLANTA, GA - Buffalo Bills president and CEO Russ Brandon says interest in purchasing the Buffalo Bills is high. Brandon made the comment during an interview with reporters, including Two On Your Side's Adam Benigni on Tuesday at the NFL owners meeting.
"There's been a lot of support and interest," said Brandon. "That's really the job of the investment bank to vet those candidates and see who is viable."
Brandon spoke with Two On Your Side's Adam Benigni on Tuesday at the NFL owners meeting in Atlanta. WGRZ
Brandon said an investment bank should be named in the near future, likely by the end of May.
The Bills are now up for sale following the passing of owner Ralph Wilson.
Brandon said there is a chance a new owner will be named by the time of the next NFL owners meeting in October.
"We will let the process dictate the timeline," said Brandon. "There's no specific element we are trying to reach except to make a solid decision for everyone involved."
Brandon also stressed that his priority remains keeping the Bills in Western New York.
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On Monday, influential and outspoken Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he respects the Bills and Western New York but when asked about placing a team in Toronto, Jones stressed the importance of expanding the "financial pie."
There are two groups from the Toronto market that are expected to bid on the Bills. One includes musician Jon Bon Jovi, who was praised by Jerry Jones on Monday.
Meanwhile, a leading professional sports and stadium consultant says Bills fans should not fret over Jones's remarks.
"Jerry has always been an owner who is seeking out deals that expand the league's footprint, and expands the league's revenues," said Marc Ganis, President of Sports Corp Limited, while noting that Jones never definitively stated the Bills should move to Toronto.
"Buffalo plays in one of the smallest markets in the league. It needs to be a regional team to be successful, so when I hear Jerry Jones talk about the idea of tapping into what is the largest city and economic base in that region that's not unusual, that's not even a wrong thing to say," Ganis told WGRZ-TV.
Late Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, who sits on a committee exploring the possibility of a new stadium for the Bills, said in a statement: "Anyone who knows the first thing about the two million people in Western New York knows that the Bills' fan base is broad, deep and rabid. What the Bills and the NFL need is a new owner who, like Ralph Wilson, recognizes that loyalty and unique passion by locating the Bills here for the next generation – and then some."
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