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#1 TheFunPolice

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:35 PM

https://twitter.com/TBNSully

If this is true than this is great news on a lot of levels. It virtually assures that Chan is gone (since Ralph is apparently involved).

Also, I'm glad to hear he can get out and about.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:40 PM

Yeah.  Good for Ralph.  It is a good sign for his health if he can make the trip.  Especially in the weather and such.  

Seems like something is afoot

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:42 PM

Hopefully he's in town to watch his last game as owner of the Bills. Fitting way to go out.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:44 PM

God Bless him and his Health.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:53 PM


Eric Wood@EWood70

@TBNSully: Hear Ralph Wilson was in buffalo for team holiday party at hotel Lafayette last night” that is confirmed. He looked great


Sal Maiorana@salmaiorana

Confirmed Ralph Wilson was at Bills holiday party last night. Does that mean he's at game Sunday? Does that mean he's in town to drop ax?


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:56 PM

View Postkas23, on 29 December 2012 - 02:42 PM, said:

Hopefully he's in town to watch his last game as owner of the Bills. Fitting way to go out.

Think back to Thurmond Thomas's tweet last week when he said he had HUGE (positive) news but wasn't "at liberty to discuss it yet."  He wasn't refering to a new coach, that's for sure.

Perhaps something is happening with ownership/control. Hope so!

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:00 PM

Stop, Hammer Time!!! LOL

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:03 PM

Yea - that or he's just in good health and taking in a game. He might just enjoy football.

Could be more though.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:08 PM

View PostNoSaint, on 29 December 2012 - 03:03 PM, said:

Yea - that or he's just in good health and taking in a game. He might just enjoy football.

Even *Buffalo Bills* football?? :D

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:13 PM

I don't think he would make the trip just for a holiday party. There's been a lot of rumors the past few days and now this seems a strong sign there's a fire behind the smoke.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:14 PM

Probably has dumped the team to dodge the 55% estate tax in 2013.  From 35 to 55% is a big deal.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:15 PM

View PostBig Bad Boone, on 29 December 2012 - 03:13 PM, said:

I don't think he would make the trip just for a holiday party. There's been a lot of rumors the past few days and now this seems a strong sign there's a fire behind the smoke.

He likes to attend games, and hasn't been in good enough health. Very possible that its the last chance to see a game, visit with everyone etc.... for an extended period, that hes feeling good and (forgive me for this) he realizes at his age "ill do it next year" isn't certain anymore.

Edited by NoSaint, 29 December 2012 - 03:16 PM.


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:24 PM

View PostTheFunPolice, on 29 December 2012 - 02:35 PM, said:

https://twitter.com/TBNSully

If this is true than this is great news on a lot of levels. It virtually assures that Chan is gone (since Ralph is apparently involved).

Also, I'm glad to hear he can get out and about.

He's here cause theres a fruit cocktail sale at wegmans.

View Postmclauria1, on 29 December 2012 - 02:56 PM, said:



Think back to Thurmond Thomas's tweet last week when he said he had HUGE (positive) news but wasn't "at liberty to discuss it yet."  He wasn't refering to a new coach, that's for sure.

Perhaps something is happening with ownership/control. Hope so!

Mike
Dunno about Thurmond but Thurman Thomas has been mentioned

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:25 PM

View Postbananathumb, on 29 December 2012 - 03:14 PM, said:

Probably has dumped the team to dodge the 55% estate tax in 2013.  From 35 to 55% is a big deal.
...With the nonsense in DC I doubt Ralph's advisors have any clue what the tax rates will be next week on anyone. I go with the idea he wanted to come back and see his friends knowing with his age and health he might not get another chance. :(

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:27 PM

View PostBig Bad Boone, on 29 December 2012 - 03:13 PM, said:

I don't think he would make the trip just for a holiday party. There's been a lot of rumors the past few days and now this seems a strong sign there's a fire behind the smoke.

Jon Gruden is buying the team?

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:31 PM

View Postbananathumb, on 29 December 2012 - 03:14 PM, said:

Probably has dumped the team to dodge the 55% estate tax in 2013. From 35 to 55% is a big deal.

Really good point - that's actually very significant.


View PostMike in Horseheads, on 29 December 2012 - 03:25 PM, said:

...With the nonsense in DC I doubt Ralph's advisors have any clue what the tax rates will be next week on anyone. I go with the idea he wanted to come back and see his friends knowing with his age and health he might not get another chance. :(

Companies and rich elderly are dumping left and right - whatever the final result on taxes, all the money is betting there will be significant increases in estate and capital gains taxes.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:34 PM

For those going to the game, what is the smoke color over the stadium offices?

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:35 PM

View Postbananathumb, on 29 December 2012 - 03:14 PM, said:

Probably has dumped the team to dodge the 55% estate tax in 2013.  From 35 to 55% is a big deal.

Unless he passes by New Year's Eve, why would this make a difference?

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

View PostMr. WEO, on 29 December 2012 - 03:35 PM, said:

Unless he passes by New Year's Eve, why would this make a difference?

All kinds of rich fathers are passing on their businesses to their kids before Dec. 31.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:43 PM

View PostMr. WEO, on 29 December 2012 - 03:35 PM, said:

Unless he passes by New Year's Eve, why would this make a difference?

I think if he gifts the team to his children, than he would only pay the 35% tax rate if its done this year.  The children would then have the asset at the current value and would only have to pay capital gains on the difference of value when they sell.  So on a team worth ~800 Million, the savings would be ~160 Million dollars.

So he could gift the team to his kids with the understanding that they should sell it when he passes.  He can then be hired in a role which has ultimate control of the team assuming his children go by his wishes.  Or they can appoint someone else to be in charge, but he still is the master who ultimately tells what the team should do.  His kids can always fire people if they do not do what Ralph wants.

I'm just speculating here, but it seems feasible to save a ton of money.