Toronto and Los Angeles might be more lucrative markets than Buffalo, but that’s exactly why Donald Trump might actually represent the Bills’ best chance at staying in western New York indefinitely.
Now that the Bills are officially becoming a free agent franchise, many have assumed that the next owner will jump at the chance for more money in a bigger, more corporate city. And that’s still a strong possibility. But Trump is worth over $3 billion, according to Forbes.
Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports that he might actually be worth about three times that, but regardless, he’s got the dough to get it done, no questions asked.
Additionally, Trump seems inspired to get into the NFL game. It’s all ego with this guy, and NFL ownership is pretty much the most exclusive rich white man’s club in America. The Donald wants in, at any cost.
And because every dollar and cent won’t matter, I don’t think Trump is lying when he says he’d keep the franchise there permanently. He admits it’s more convenient for him to get to Buffalo from his New York base, and I can’t imagine a man with his politics would even remotely consider moving an American football franchise out of the United States.
“I live in New York, and it’s easier for me to go to Buffalo than any other place,” Trump said, per Graham. “Where am I going to move it, some place on the other side of the country, where I have to travel for five hours?”
In other words, the city of Buffalo could retain its franchise solely because some multi-billionaire thinks it’s convenient to do so. Only in America.