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March 27, 2014

Bills staying put for now following Wilson's death

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Niagara Gazette — Jacobs’ NFL interests date to the late 1990s, when he failed in a bid to purchase the Browns in their return to Cleveland. NFL rules bar owners from running sports teams in separate markets, meaning Jacobs would either have to give up his holdings in the Bruins or, perhaps, have members of his family run the Bills.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz refused to speculate on what could happen after 2019. He is certain the Bills will continue playing in Orchard Park for the near future and believes it was always Wilson’s intention to keep the team in Buffalo.

“If we had ownership that wasn’t interested in it, (the lease) never would have happened,” Poloncarz said. “He put in place a provision that locks this team in for many years to come, even after his death. And that says a lot about his commitment to western New York and the fans of the Buffalo Bills.”

AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner in Orlando, Fla., and Associated Press writer Michael Hill in Albany, N.Y., contributed to this report.

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