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#1 Kirby Jackson

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:14 AM

I thought that this article warranted its own thread to not get lost in one of the other ownership threads. http://mobile.buffal...ticleRedirect=1

The Jacobs family has the wealth, ties to the region and ownership experience. This would be a fantastic move for the Bills and WNY.

#2 Wayne Cubed

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:24 AM

View PostKirby Jackson, on 06 April 2014 - 07:14 AM, said:

I thought that this article warranted its own thread to not get lost in one of the other ownership threads. http://mobile.buffal...ticleRedirect=1

The Jacobs family has the wealth, ties to the region and ownership experience. This would be a fantastic move for the Bills and WNY.

Link isn't working. Possibly because it's the mobile link?

http://www.buffalone...l-ties-20140406
(the non mobile link)

#3 Kirby Jackson

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:26 AM

View PostWayne Cubed, on 06 April 2014 - 07:24 AM, said:



Link isn't working. Possibly because it's the mobile link?

http://www.buffalone...l-ties-20140406
(the non mobile link)
Thanks, that's probably the case.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:36 AM

I hardly see this as them being "front runners".  They'd have to sell the Bruins.  We have no idea how loyal they are to that franchise and part of the country.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:37 AM

The Bruins would likely be a stumbling block. It would be hard to trade a franchise like that for the Bills.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:37 AM

View PostTriple Threat, on 06 April 2014 - 07:36 AM, said:

I hardly see this as them being "front runners".  They'd have to sell the Bruins.  We have no idea how loyal they are to that franchise and part of the country.
They can get around it by transferring to one of the kids as the article indicates.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:42 AM

This was a nice way to wake up on a Sunday Morning.  

Stan Kroenke has set the precedent by owning the St Louis Rams as well as the Colorado Avs and Denver Nuggets.  I believe he transferred ownership of the Avs and the Nuggets to his son to comply with NFL Ownership Rules.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:57 AM

View PostBRAWNDO, on 06 April 2014 - 07:42 AM, said:

This was a nice way to wake up on a Sunday Morning.  

Stan Kroenke has set the precedent by owning the St Louis Rams as well as the Colorado Avs and Denver Nuggets.  I believe he transferred ownership of the Avs and the Nuggets to his son to comply with NFL Ownership Rules.
I was going to post the same thing.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 08:10 AM

View PostKirby Jackson, on 06 April 2014 - 07:37 AM, said:

They can get around it by transferring to one of the kids as the article indicates.

I get that but don't you think the NFL has that rule for a reason and just might find out it's been transferred to kin?  In addition I'm sure there's all kinds of other issues surrounding just "transferring" around a $250 million business.  Part and parcel why Ralph couldn't just sell it wink wink before he passed.  These two statements kind of indicate both sides of our argument.

“As long as the family has the ownership of the Bruins, they can’t own anything related to the Bills,” said Wendy Watkins, a Delaware North spokeswoman.
To which Jacobs’ son, Jeremy Jr., said: “That said, we will do what we can to ensure that the Bills stay in this town.”

Edited by Triple Threat, 06 April 2014 - 08:13 AM.


#10 Kirby Jackson

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 08:15 AM

View PostTriple Threat, on 06 April 2014 - 08:10 AM, said:



I get that but don't you think the NFL has that rule for a reason and just might find out it's been transferred to kin?  In addition I'm sure there's all kinds of other issues surrounding just "transferring" around a $250 million business.  Part and parcel why Ralph couldn't just sell it wink wink before he passed.  These two statements kind of indicate both sides of our argument.

“As long as the family has the ownership of the Bruins, they can’t own anything related to the Bills,” said Wendy Watkins, a Delaware North spokeswoman.
To which Jacobs’ son, Jeremy Jr., said: “That said, we will do what we can to ensure that the Bills stay in this town.”
Kroenke did it. There is certainly precedent.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 08:19 AM

View PostBRAWNDO, on 06 April 2014 - 07:42 AM, said:

This was a nice way to wake up on a Sunday Morning.  

Stan Kroenke has set the precedent by owning the St Louis Rams as well as the Colorado Avs and Denver Nuggets.  I believe he transferred ownership of the Avs and the Nuggets to his son to comply with NFL Ownership Rules.

Both Jacobs and Pegula would be great choices. Would be pleased if either one emerges as the eventual owner.

Edited by 26CornerBlitz, 06 April 2014 - 08:19 AM.


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Posted 06 April 2014 - 08:21 AM

Great article KB. Thanks for making a new thread on ot instead of it getting lost. Very informative.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 08:37 AM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 06 April 2014 - 08:19 AM, said:



Both Jacobs and Pegula would be great choices. Would be pleased if either one emerges as the eventual owner.

It just seems likely due to the penalties of moving, it would be an owner wanting to keep the team here.  If an LA owner took the gamble of waiting 5 years, what if another team moves prior 2020.  The article from the News this morning was helpful.  What is a little more scary is if it is not one of the guys continually mentioned, than it could be an owner with a London plan which would make sense to develop that market over 5 years.  You knw the NFL would approve that proposal.

In Pegula or Jacobs we trust.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 09:44 AM

As has been discussed, with several potential buyers with the money and desire to keep the team in Buffalo, along with Ralph's refusal to move the team and voting against other teams from moving, the NFL would have a huge black eye if they allowed the sale to a group looking to move the team.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 09:46 AM

View PostWhitewalker Merriman, on 06 April 2014 - 07:37 AM, said:

The Bruins would likely be a stumbling block. It would be hard to trade a franchise like that for the Bills.

No way.   NHL is minor leagues compared to the NFL, regardless of the respective quality of the teams.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 09:58 AM

View PostKD in CT, on 06 April 2014 - 09:46 AM, said:

No way.   NHL is minor leagues compared to the NFL, regardless of the respective quality of the teams.

But the Bruins are one of the Original 6.  A lot of prestige in owning them.  It's not like the Coyotes or Panthers.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 10:05 AM

Some very good news in this article:

- Buzz about the Jacobs family and their ability to work around their ownership of the Bruins

- Pegula's continued cautious statements about ownership of the Bills but also expressions of interest in keeping the team local

- Trump's money man went out of his way to try to position his boss as a very serious suitor

- Schumer quote: "“I am even more optimistic this week than I was last week that we can keep the Bills in Buffalo”

- Analysis of the Bills lease agreement by the Raiders exec: “I’m familiar with the broad strokes. It struck me at that time that it was a bold, clear statement by Ralph Wilson he wanted to provide every single opportunity for the Bills to thrive in Buffalo.”  (Thanks Mr. Wilson!)

- This analysis from a consultant for NFL team relocations: "“There are several reasons why the lease agreement that Ralph Wilson agreed to two years ago is greatly beneficial to Bills fans and which leads to a more likely scenario of the team staying somewhere in the region on a long-term basis,” Ganis said. “It’s not an assurance, but it certainly adds to the probability that the team will stay somewhere in the region.”

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 10:09 AM

I don't feel great about any of them, but looks like one of them will own the Bills

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 10:30 AM

View PostKellyto83TD, on 06 April 2014 - 10:09 AM, said:

I don't feel great about any of them, but looks like one of them will own the Bills
LOL!  Who would you feel "great about"? :rolleyes:

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 10:59 AM

Haven't seen the Wegmans' name mentioned anywhere...don't they have the available assets to make a run also?