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Buffalo deserves better

Buffalo BillsI am not a Buffalo Bills fan for quite a few reasons.  They were great when my Denver Broncos were only good, Jim Kelly always used to find a way to beat them and just when I started to cheer for them, Thurman Thomas lost his helmet.  Yet they have amazing fans.  Fans so loyal that they put fans in many other NFL markets to shame. 

This is why I think they really deserve better than what Ralph Wilson is about to do to them.  Wilson is 92 years old and can do whatever he wants to do with his team but he has no succession plan.  Wilson wants the team to be auctioned off when he dies which means that the team will probably be auctioned off and sold as it is worth far more in Los Angeles than it is in the Buffalo market.  For Buffalo, that really sucks.

What bugs me so much about this is that Buffalo supports their team.  It’s not a very good team and has been poorly run for over a decade but they show up in the cold, buy tickets, merchandise and beer while cheering for a team that will probably be taken from them in the next couple of years.

Now Wilson doesn’t have to do this.  He could have arranged for minority investors to buy the team in bits, ensuring they are loyal to keeping the team in Buffalo (there are some that have offered).  He could have had his money well before he died and set the owner up on a great honeymoon period.  Sadly it doesn’t look like he plans to do either and the team will be moved.  Buffalo fans deserve better.