Updated: Thursday, 07 Jan 2010, 9:10 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 07 Jan 2010, 3:34 PM EST
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (RELEASE) - Following a conversation with Bills owner, Ralph Wilson, today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer dispelled any concern that the Bills are even considering leaving Buffalo. Schumer announced today that he spoke to Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson and learned that not only are the Bills not entertaining any offers to move from Buffalo, but they have not had a single conversation with the Majestic Reality Co. Schumer said that he reached out to Mr. Wilson and raised the issue after being concerned by media reports that the Bills are being wooed by an out of state real estate company.
“The Bills are part of the very fabric of Western New York, and in Western New York they will stay,” said Schumer. “Ralph Wilson is committed to Western New York, has had no contact with any purported suitors, and flatly told me that the Bills are staying in Buffalo. Period. I have long fought to keep the team here, and will continue to do so with every bit of clout I have. I was tremendously reassured to learn today, directly from Ralph, that there has been zero contact with this company and that there is absolutely no consideration of entertaining any of this company’s potential future offers. Buffalo Bills fans can rest a little bit easier tonight.”
Reports have recently emerged that a real estate company from California will be trying to lure one of several teams – including the Bills – from their home towns to just outside of Los Angeles. Schumer today said that this baseless attempt to lure the Bills away from their home was a figment of Majestic’s imagination. Schumer said that he will continue to fight in any way he can to keep the Bills in Buffalo, where they belong.
Schumer has a long history in working closely with the Bills and last year played a leading role in securing a new NFL revenue sharing deal that would protect small market teams like the Bills. Schumer personally met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the revenue sharing deal before it was approved last year. Schumer also worked to gain a better home schedule for the team so it could draw more fans and so the region wouldn’t suffer from any black outs.