build a walmart on one bills drive.
I hope Jim is right about the Bills staying here.
My guess is that if Ralph were to show his cards too soon, it would drive down any bargaining for a higher sale. I don't know the ins and outs of the transaction process, but I'm pretty sure there's a hefty estate tax involved, and releasing any significant information could essentially "cost" millions in some way, shape, or form. Selling any product is a business move, and the bottom line, for any business, IS the bottom line. It all comes down to money in the end.I haven't been on the "Bills will leave" wagon for some time. Too many other teams have far worse issues than the Bills (believe it or not) to make me worry. SD, OAK, MIN, STL, JAX all have their fair share of issues, whether it be ticket sales, stadium concerns, profitability, etc. I heard an interview with Al Michaels a few weeks back (I think it was with Dan Patrick), and the conversation of a team in LA was discussed. All of the above mentioned teams were talked about briefly as potential teams to relocate. The Bills were never discussed or even mentioned as a possibility. I know Al Michaels has no say in who does what, but he does provide an "inside" point of view. Take it FWIWAs far as a new stadium goes, that would just be icing on the cake. A new stadium would be a huge benefit to the Buffalo area, especially if they find a way to put in the city limits. Lakeside, or close to it, would be a thing of beauty, as renovations have already begun in that area. Because it has already begun, it may be too late to factor in a stadium there. In the end, a new stadium is not a requirement, IMO, bbut may be just as difficult, if not easier, than refurbishing the Ralph for a half the cost.
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Sorry, won't let me edit my post into paragraphs. No flaming needed.
Lol. When I read the thread title, I thought that was open criticism of Gailey and Nix's work.
Ralph's made it clear: The franchise will go to the highest bidder.
To me that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement from Ralph that he really cares about what happens with the team after he dies. I mean if he wanted the Bills to stay in Buffalo, why not go ahead and get a plan in place with Kelly or someone else and not have to worry about the team ever leaving? Instead, it's been nothing but hush-hush when it comes to the teams future. This not knowing of what's in store for the franchise is doing nothing but hurting the franchise. Just look at all the coaches that turned us down in the past because they weren't confident in where the franchise would be in 10 years.
I think people want to make themselves believe that Ralph has a plan in place to keep them here, and if so, why keep it so secret? If it turns into a bidding war between billionaires, it could get ugly.
And why do some fans think thet need to know everything about the organization. Ofcourse they are going to keep this hush hush to the normal joe fan. I am sure the people that need to know about the future of the Bills, know it already.
Anyone else think Jim will be in control of the Bills?
When will the Bills find the heir to Losman?
I also think Kelly not getting into specifics has more to do with his respect for Wilson. I think the thought of going into too many details about him wheeling and detailing in anticiption of a guy dying bugs him a bit. Think about it, all this planning is based around a guy Dying! It is kind of morbid.
For me, until a deal is done that shows me they are staying I will believe it when I see it. I do find this story encouraging though.
Correct me here...
The only heir of Ralph who showed interest in keeping the team died around 2006.
Ralph was content with pennies on the available dollar of profit and rewarded Bills fans with laughably low ticket prices for decades, a joke for cost in club seats, and no seating licenses.
The Estate will sell to the highest bidder, minimal sentimentality will play into the sale.
The next ownership will be a corporate-interest, highly-leveraged machine, that will require a much higher rate of return.
As such they'll have to bring in seating licenses for the entire lower bowl, triple or more ticket prices and implement real executive suites.
Buffalo just cannot handle the metrics of the modern NFL under the next owner group.
Would love to see the team stay here, don't want it in Toronto, but that's the way it goes.