ATLANTA, GA (WIVB) – The pending sale of the Buffalo Bills appears to be moving forward.
On Tuesday NFL owners gathered in Atlanta for the spring meeting. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told a group of reporters that the Wilson estate trustees are on the verge of taking the next steps in the sale process.
“We did have a brief report from Jeff Littman today. He told us they are gauging not only a bank but also a counsel. The will do it in a deliberate fashion and when they get to a conclusion they will let us know,” Goodell explained. “And they will stay in contact with us in full cooperation with my office.”
Throughout this sale process, there have been talks about a new stadium for the Bills. Given the way the lease was written and the apparent desires of the NFL, the future of the Bills’ stadium appears to be a crucial component in terms of the team’s long-term future in Buffalo.
“I believe a stadium is important to the franchise long-term for it to continue to be successful in Western New York,” Goodell explained. “But it’s a long-term issue. We have a short-term issue in which they are making improvements to the stadium. Those will be positive things in the short-term. But we all know this lease is 10 years. We have to look well beyond that.”
According to the Toronto Star, New York Giants owner John Mara said most owners want the team to stay in Buffalo. The Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, told News 4 sports Lauren Brill last week that he wants the team to stay in Buffalo and he will do what he can insure that happens.