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Report: Jeremy Jacobs could buy Buffalo Bills

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who is from the Buffalo area, is “in play” as a potential buyer of the NFL’s Bills, according to a report Sunday in The Buffalo News.

The report says “highly placed sources” indicated Jacobs, who is CEO of Buffalo-based Delaware North Companies, and his family “leads the list of potential local suitors.”

However, Jacobs’s ownership of the Bruins would be an issue because the NFL prohibits ownership of teams in other leagues except when they are in the same city, although the report notes his children could buy the Bills if they ended their connections with the Bruins. Jacobs’s son, Charlie, is a principal and alternate governor of the Bruins.


The Bills are worth $870 million, according to Forbes. Owner Ralph Wilson died March 25, and his widow, Mary Wilson, has taken over as principal owner of the team. The Bills have a long-term lease in place to keep the team in Buffalo at least through 2019.

Other potential buyers named in the Buffalo News story include Donald Trump, Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, Buffalo Bisons baseball team owner Robert Rich Jr., former Sabres owner Tom Golisano, and Jeffrey E. Gundlach, a Los Angeles-based investor.

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