ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Days after news broke of a prominent New York City developer with ties to Niagara Falls who is interested in buying the Buffalo Bills, News 4 has learned representatives for Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly met with billionaire businessman Donald Trump.
Last week, News 4 learned 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.
Previously, the people who had publicly declared interest in the Bills was mogul Donald Trump, who says if he bought the team, he would keep the Bills in Buffalo, and former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly.
News 4 has now learned that Dan Kelly, Jim’s brother, and Mike Powers, Jim’s attorney, met with Trump last week and other groups interested in buying the team in New York City. The meetings involved including Jim as part of a potential ownership group.
Another big name who is rumored to be interested in buying the team is 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.