ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – A prominent New York City developer with ties to Niagara Falls is said to be among the parties interested in buying the Buffalo Bills.
Sources tell News 4 that Howard Milstein is interested in purchasing the team. Milstein, who is chairman of the NYS Thruway Authority, owns 400 parcels in downtown Niagara Falls, which is one of the sites being considered for a new Bills stadium by a state task force.
In 1999, Milstein withdrew an $800 million bid to buy the Washington Redskins after failing to get support from a majority of NFL owners. The NFL returned his $30 million deposit.
The year prior, Milstein lost a bid to to purchase the Cleveland Browns. Milstein co-owned the New York Islanders between 1998-2000.
The only person who has publicly declared his interest in the Bills is mogul Donald Trump, who says if he bought the team, he would keep the Bills in Buffalo.
Other people who are rumored to be interested in buying the team is Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi.
Delaware North CEO Jeremy Jacobs, who owns the Boston Bruins, has denied having any interest in the team, but has stated he would fight to keep the Bills in Buffalo. His son, Jeremy Jacobs, Jr., echoed his father’s sentiment, but did not say he was uninterested in buying in the team.
The Associated Press reports that Erie County deputy executive Richard Tobe has said he’s been approached by as many as 10 groups interested in the Bills.