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Trump has realistic shot of being approved


Despite the bluster, the bravado, and the convenient revisions to the history of his antagonism of the NFL, billionaire Donald Trump would have a good chance of being approved as owner of the Bills, if the family of Ralph Wilson decides to sell the team to him.

“I don’t see why not,” a source with direct knowledge of the dynamics of team ownership told PFT on Tuesday.  “He’s the only one saying it will stay in Buffalo.”

But what of Trump’s thirst for attention, his potential inability to put the greater good above his own interests, his tendency to be belligerent and combative with real or imagined enemies?

“I don’t think there are nine people to stop him,” the source said, in reference to the fact that nine “no” votes from other owners can block the sale.

Of course, a vote of the owners won’t matter unless the Wilson family chooses to sell the team to Trump.  It’s one thing for Trump to talk publicly about buying the franchise.  It’s quite another to put the cash and financing together to make the purchase.

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  1. therealbigben says: Apr 15, 2014 9:59 PM

    What can I say about Donald Trump that hasn’t already been said about Afghanistan?

  2. jeromegarcia says: Apr 15, 2014 10:00 PM

    Jacksonville Jaguars will be a force to reckon with.


  3. wnbasuperfan says: Apr 15, 2014 10:00 PM

    As a Bills fan, anyone who promises to keep the team in Buffalo is good in my books.
    As a fan of The Apprentice, Donald scares the hell out of me as the owner of my favorite team. Dude seems untrustworthy.

  4. f1restarter says: Apr 15, 2014 10:00 PM

    This is all about Donald Trump’s monstrous ego. He wants to prove that he can do, or buy, anything he wants.

    I doubt very much that he’s a Bills fan. He’s probably never even been to Buffalo.

  5. huthuthut says: Apr 15, 2014 10:01 PM

    Trump will be drawn to this like a moth to the flame. A chance to be the center of attention, a big man making big deals. Lots of sports journalists hanging around unlike the folks on the political beat who grew tired of his nonsense a long time ago.

    But in the end? Nothing.

  6. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Apr 15, 2014 10:02 PM

    Does the NFL want a man owning a team who’s filed for federal bankruptcy protection multiple times?

  7. gd2483 says: Apr 15, 2014 10:02 PM

    Yeah, why not? At least the Bills would stay in Buffalo.

  8. texasrug says: Apr 15, 2014 10:04 PM

    When you have that kind of money you have a realistic shot at anything you want

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 15, 2014 10:04 PM

    “Bluuuud….I must haf bluuuud!”.

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 15, 2014 10:06 PM

    The Donald insists on an aerodynamically efficient hair style to make it easier to fly through the open windows at night.

  11. crabcakesfootball says: Apr 15, 2014 10:06 PM

    He will not buy the team. He will never run for President- thanksfully.

    Florio is fanning the eternal flame of Trumps “he look at me I am relevant” ego campaign.

    Dont forget, he MAY run for President every 4 years for the rest of our lives.

  12. packerbackernj says: Apr 15, 2014 10:06 PM

    If he buys the Bills, they will be out of Buffalo the minute the lease is up. Wanna know how to tell when Donald Trump is lying? His lips move.

  13. tedmurph says: Apr 15, 2014 10:07 PM

    Good, maybe it will spare us the side show of this buffoon running for president.

  14. drglory says: Apr 15, 2014 10:08 PM

    Please let it be so

  15. cliffclavicle says: Apr 15, 2014 10:12 PM

    Attention-seeking ploy and nothing more. Trump does not have NFL franchise-type money and even if he did, the league would greatly damage its credibility by allowing that blustery gasbag to be a part of it. IF it happened (and there’s a 100% chance that it will not) it’d be a move the NFL would immediately and forever regret…guaranteed.

  16. fumblenuts says: Apr 15, 2014 10:12 PM

    To all the Debbie Downers against him………YOU’RE FIRED!!!!!

  17. matterson20 says: Apr 15, 2014 10:12 PM

    The birth certificate thing is the mark of a bigot.

  18. thetooloftools says: Apr 15, 2014 10:13 PM

    .. and staying married !

  19. mattolikesthevikes says: Apr 15, 2014 10:14 PM

    Trump always looks like he has to take a dump.

  20. gmen32 says: Apr 15, 2014 10:14 PM

    I’ll support any potential owner that will keep the team in Buffalo and stop the talk about moving the team to Toronto.

  21. 52lightsxout52 says: Apr 15, 2014 10:15 PM

    Why does the ‘greater good’ and ones own self-interest have to be perceived as mutually exclusive??? They way I see it, Mr. Trumps self-interest in the Buffalo Bills contributes to the ‘greater good’ of the City of Buffalo. That’s assuming that he keeps the team in Buffalo of course…

  22. engymassz says: Apr 15, 2014 10:16 PM

    You can’t own an NFL franchise if you own casinos.

  23. bennyb82 says: Apr 15, 2014 10:17 PM

    I can already see him on Hard Knocks saying “You’re Fired!”

  24. extinctionburst says: Apr 15, 2014 10:17 PM

    Please, no.

  25. uglydingo says: Apr 15, 2014 10:17 PM

    Trump is probably the best chance that the team stays in Buffalo. The Canadian consortium(s) will want to ultimately move the team.
    Ralph Wilson stadium is in bad shape and needs a significant upgrade or new stadium. Who better than the Donald – America’s greatest developer to build a new stadium development? It could include shops, skating rink and residential – hey he might even build a magnificent casino complex if the people in NY state were permitted to gamble.
    However, this may interfere with Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign.

  26. baugh316 says: Apr 15, 2014 10:18 PM

    well…he knows NY state tax laws

  27. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Apr 15, 2014 10:19 PM

    Still better than Irsay.

  28. wkdblc52 says: Apr 15, 2014 10:23 PM

    Yeah, I’d really trust somebody who’s been bankrupt countless number of times and who has a conspiracy trait about him that borders on psychotic

    Mrs Wilson, please don’t sell to this madman !!

  29. macfunden says: Apr 15, 2014 10:24 PM


  30. MichaelEdits says: Apr 15, 2014 10:26 PM

    Ask to see his birth certificate.

  31. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 15, 2014 10:27 PM

    That’s kind of interesting, I just responded to a work email that started off with the exact words “yeah I don’t see why not”, and happened to have this article on deck to read after finishing that. That’s usually code for sure go ahead and close the deal I already know this is the best option so what are you waiting for. The source sounds very confident and that’s a good thing, I don’t see why not!

  32. qdog112 says: Apr 15, 2014 10:30 PM

    Realistic shot at what … being a hobgoblin?

  33. amishninjas says: Apr 15, 2014 10:31 PM

    There’s 3 issues that will cloud this.

    1) He almost singlehandedly ruined the USFL. There’s still some people that remember that.

    2) he will have to disclose his finances and net worth which will be a big issue to him because then the world will know he’s not worth nearly as much as he wants the world to know.

    3) He’s a GIGANTIC D.B. Think Jerrah on steroids.

  34. vikingshipper says: Apr 15, 2014 10:34 PM

    4 bankruptcies, perfect.

  35. j0esixpack says: Apr 15, 2014 10:36 PM

    I don’t know why anyone would have a problem with Trump

    It’s not like he has any interest in casinos where sports betting takes place

  36. dirtydrew says: Apr 15, 2014 10:36 PM

    He will never buy the Bills. He will pull out saying it was a bad deal, blaming the city leaders. Really, he doesn’t have the money. Real Billionaires don’t have time for a TV show.he does that because he ends the money.

  37. rcali says: Apr 15, 2014 10:42 PM

    Well, I guess it’s pretty hard to Bankrupt a NFL team these days but I bet he’ll give it a try!

  38. hummer53 says: Apr 15, 2014 10:44 PM

    He doesn’t have enough personal wealth. Most of his “projects” were financed buy another party. Takes huge personal money. Think Gates, Buffet,Allen.

  39. fissels says: Apr 15, 2014 10:47 PM

    Maybe somebody in Buffalo can give him a decent haircut

  40. ravensterps says: Apr 15, 2014 10:50 PM

    Right now, I kinda like the Bills. If Trump is their owner, I will hate them more than any team other than the Steelers. The thought of rooting for the Pats against the Bills almost sickens me, but it will certainly come to pass if Trump buys the Bills.

    Having said that, he’s a fake rich person and there is no way he can afford an NFL team.

  41. engymassz says: Apr 15, 2014 10:57 PM

    He sued the NFL in the past, drove the USFL into the ground single-handedly, has drawn a load of negative publicity in the past, and owns several casinos… which is a long-standing rule that “disqualifies” someone from team ownership. Not gonna happen.

  42. undeadjesus says: Apr 15, 2014 10:58 PM

    People are saying they don’t want Trump buying the Bills because of this reason or that reason, as if being an NFL owner requires a spotless record and impeccable character. Hogwash. Most of those other billionaire owners have probably filed for bankruptcy themselves and done other things that people are knocking Trump for. We just don’t know about them because they aren’t “celebrities” like The Donald is.

    The NFL is already a circus. Trump becoming one of the main clowns like Jerruh Jones or Irsay kinda makes sense in a weird way.

  43. bender4700 says: Apr 15, 2014 11:00 PM

    They wouldn’t let him in the NFL in the 80’s, not happening now.

    The NFL owners are the snobbiest of the snobby.

  44. winstonjed44 says: Apr 15, 2014 11:06 PM

    It’s kind of a mixed bag, he promised to keep it Buffalo which the league and fans want. However it’s hard to see him being able to hire football people and get out the way. Won’t be surprising if he let’s his ego get it the way and make it all about him. I’m sure it would be entertaining for him to be an owner, but I don’t know if it’ll be good for the league.

  45. singisking says: Apr 15, 2014 11:12 PM

    Buffalo fans, on the plus side, once Donald breaks his promise and The Ralph is leveled, think of how many new Applebee’s & Red Lobster’s could spawn up in the space!

  46. csew0517 says: Apr 15, 2014 11:43 PM

    dirtydrew – ever hear of Mark Cuban? sports team owner AND billionaire who has a TV show.

  47. greeneblitz says: Apr 16, 2014 12:07 AM

    I hope he buys my Bills just to laugh at all the know-it-alls that say “he won’t”. He’d probably be a pain in the ass yet very involved (in a good way) owner, he’d spend the money and do what it takes to put together a winning team, I do believe that he’d keep the team in Buffalo yet he could also lose interest and sell them to someone who won’t.

    I do believe that there’s a real chance that he will be either part of a ownership group (hopefully) or sole owner of the Buffalo Bills.

  48. mtstrecker says: Apr 16, 2014 12:10 AM

    As a Raiders fan I approve. Somebody in the NFL needs to have a worse haircut than Mark Davis.

  49. criticaldsj says: Apr 16, 2014 12:27 AM

    This is clearly a regional publicity stunt on his part, and anyone who has followed the guy for any length of time should be able to see that.

    He has multiple bankruptcies. He’d have to divest the casinos. He’d have to mend fences from the USFL misadventure (and if you think NFL people don’t have long memories about that, you’re kidding yourself).

    Remember too that this is a league that wanted no part of Rush Limbaugh being a minority investor in a group bidding on the St. Louis Rams. (And the NFL is not a bastion of liberalism by any means). If they don’t want Limbaugh, they don’t want Trump.

    This is not a league that is desperate enough to keep the Bills in Buffalo that they’d let a guy like Trump in the door. Aside from Jerry Jones, your responsibility as an owner is to keep your head down, your mouth shut, and see to it that you generate only the type of PR that enhances the brand of the shield and, along with it, the value of the 31 other franchises.

  50. Dogsweat says: Apr 16, 2014 12:28 AM

    Donald Trump will spend money and this team will win.

    How can Bills fans not want him as Boss?

  51. criticaldsj says: Apr 16, 2014 12:29 AM

    Can’t say enough about how much of a db he was back in the USFL days. Even the ‘Small Potatoes’ 30 for 30 doesn’t fully do him justice. Go dig out a copy of ‘The $1 League’ by Jim Byrne for the full details.

    His one and only purpose for buying the Generals was to backdoor his way into the NFL by forcing a merger. He took a lot of people down with him.

  52. tee1227 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:33 AM

    I hope this happens for comedic purposes alone.

  53. dontbugmeonsundays says: Apr 16, 2014 12:35 AM

    I’d rather have Vince McMahon buy the bills than this clown.

  54. cfos00 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:39 AM

    You cannot possibly talk about him as an owner and not bring up what he did to the USFL immediately. He destroyed the league and completely steamrolled other owners. It literally could not have gone worse for the league. It would be like Isaiah Thomas buying a NBA team. Him getting a team would be a complete disaster.

  55. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:02 AM

    Trump’s business model is to borrow huge sums of money to build a business with. He then pulls many millions out of said business for himself while running it into bankruptcy. When said business fails repeat with new business and new suckers I mean investors.

    Be very scared if he’s allowed to buy your team Buffalo fans, be very very scared.

  56. knew8411 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:20 AM

    The man knows how to make money, and if this weren’t a money making proposition….I dont think he’d entertain the thought.

  57. mackcarrington says: Apr 16, 2014 2:09 AM

    Just as Bon Jovi would be the front man for a group, Trump would most likely have partners also.
    If he were to be sole owner I’m certain that he would be vetted thoroughly by the NFL. If they thought his finances were shaky they wouldn’t let him buy. And don’t forget that Trump has always wanted to own a NFL franchise. This opportunity has dropped right into his lap. The more I think about it, the more I’m becoming cool with the idea. Trump likes to splash and he would make sure that any team he owns would make a splash. Plus it would give Buffalo something it has always wanted: A constant national spotlight. This might be good for everyone involved. The team, the city, Trump, and the league. Donald has my endorsement!

  58. Indybear says: Apr 16, 2014 6:31 AM

    He’ll never own the Bills or any other NFL team because of:
    a. his casinos
    b. his multiple bankruptcies
    c. his ruination of the USFL
    d. his birther kookiness (bigotry)
    e. his hair

    Pick one.

  59. 315judman says: Apr 16, 2014 6:31 AM

    FACT: NJ law doesn’t allow sports betting in AC casinos. Trump said his interest in any gambling establishment is small and could be quickly sold.

  60. bigjim50010 says: Apr 16, 2014 6:56 AM

    Of course he will try to buy the team. He can make an entire season of the Apprentice about it. The winner gets to oversee the new stadium build and run the team for a year.

  61. mpops86 says: Apr 16, 2014 7:20 AM

    He doesn’t have half the money he pretends he does. Not happening.

  62. marima07 says: Apr 16, 2014 7:44 AM

    “But what of Trump’s thirst for attention, his potential inability to put the greater good above his own interests, his tendency to be belligerent and combative with real or imagined enemies?”

    Sounds like a few current owners who already own teams. ‘Major Ego’ is a practically a job requirement, and no owner goes to the annual meetings with anything other than ‘his own interests’ on the agenda.

  63. exboomer says: Apr 16, 2014 7:50 AM

    I can’t wait for all these posters to proven wrong when he DOES buy the Bills. I’m sure they will all scurry back under the rocks they came from. Will he be a good owner? He can’t be any worse than Wilson was. As long as he lets OBD run the show then things will be ok.

  64. navigator24 says: Apr 16, 2014 7:55 AM

    Mark Cuban said the NFL is at risk of losing popularity. Donald Trump will be a major factor. He is why the usfl folded.

  65. skip44 says: Apr 16, 2014 7:57 AM

    Trump may be able to get NFL approval, but in this guessing game I would focus on Mr. Wilson’s family and what their goals are. Choose someone who Ralph Wilson would have really preferred to own the team; or just anyone who is the high bidder?

  66. bullcharger says: Apr 16, 2014 8:27 AM

    Pre-cap he would have been a great owner. now he might struggle due to his pride. The way to make a team consistently great is hard for an owner to directly influence. Still, I think Trump would at least try to win.

  67. jeffreyshulenburg says: Apr 16, 2014 8:40 AM

    Normally I would say that Trump is full of hot air. However, what gives him credibility this time is that he is good friends with Bills HOF QB Jim Kelly. Kelly played for Trumps USFL team. Kelly has stated on several occasions over the past 10 years that he has big time investors lined up if the team were to be sold. Trump could be one of those people.

  68. youngs79 says: Apr 16, 2014 8:45 AM

    I agree completely with dirtydrew, this will never happen. He has filed bankrupcy twice and all his “wealth” is tied up in properties that he owns along with the bank financing. There will be an excuse when he doesn’t buy them, watch and see

  69. sterling7 says: Apr 16, 2014 8:45 AM

    Talk about unwanted distraction!!!

  70. alwaters9 says: Apr 16, 2014 9:09 AM

    Other than the size of his ego there is no difference between him and any other potential buyer.

  71. weepingjebus says: Apr 16, 2014 9:36 AM

    Won’t happen, but part of me wants it to just because it’d shake up the league a bit. With the old generation of owners dying off things are getting too corporate around here. We need some lunatics and rabble rousers.

  72. ngarren13 says: Apr 16, 2014 10:02 AM

    Casinos..the NFL will not let him buy the Bills as long as he owns the resorts in Jersey. DeBartolo had to give up control of the 49ers due to riverboat ownership. Yeah there was a scandal involving the governor of louisiana involved also.
    The L.A. Bills..may just happen.

  73. usher716 says: Apr 16, 2014 10:09 AM

    Notice we’re not hearing anyone else blabbing about buying the Bills? That’s because whoever it is is laying low and keeping they’re mouth shut, like just about any time someone buys an nfl team. I doubt it’s Trump.

  74. jjackwagon says: Apr 16, 2014 10:17 AM

    If he buys them, the Bills will always be in the news for something. He will make sure of that.

  75. johngaltwho says: Apr 16, 2014 10:17 AM

    It would be a travesty if they literally sold out and became the Buffalo Trumps. He’d ceremoniously land his helicopter on the 50 yard line before each game and during games, we’d watch as the cameras pan to see his reaction in the new luxury box that he builds for himself; the spectacle would be offensive. Buffalo deserves better

  76. dmtshooter says: Apr 16, 2014 10:26 AM

    Kelly played for the Houston Gamblers, not the New Jersey Generals.

    I have as much chance of owning the Bills as Trump. Also, my dog.

  77. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 16, 2014 10:28 AM

    Trump, just another birther idiot…

  78. frankfordyellowjackets says: Apr 16, 2014 10:32 AM

    1. He’ll never buy the Bills
    b. He’ll never run for president

  79. concord148 says: Apr 16, 2014 10:35 AM

    I think the Donald will be a great owner but I’m concern about the way he’s going to release his players. As long as he releases his players fairly and don’t release that thing on his head.

  80. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 16, 2014 10:39 AM


  81. texasshriner says: Apr 16, 2014 10:55 AM

    April 15th 2015, TRump files Banrupsy with the Buffalo Bills after owninf them for less than a year.

  82. maafla1 says: Apr 16, 2014 10:57 AM

    He probably would be a good owner. My recollection from the USFL days was that he bought the NJ Generals from the original owner and immediately turned the team around.

  83. maafla1 says: Apr 16, 2014 10:58 AM

    @dmtshooter – true, but the Generals and Gamblers merged after the USFL’s third season. Jim Kelly would have played for the Generals had there been a fourth season.

  84. cjspiller12 says: Apr 16, 2014 11:14 AM

    dmtshooter says:Apr 16, 2014 10:26 AM

    Kelly played for the Houston Gamblers, not the New Jersey Generals.

    I have as much chance of owning the Bills as Trump. Also, my dog.
    When the Houston Gamblers foled, Kelly went to the New Jersey Generals and was slated as their starting QB.

  85. doctorart2013 says: Apr 16, 2014 11:26 AM

    Trump will move the team to LA and build an extravagant football field for Super Bowls and other big games…You can book it!!!!!

  86. buzzardmeat101 says: Apr 16, 2014 11:27 AM

    I’ve been hearing about Jeremy Jacobs and Jacobs borthers interest in buying the Bills, if that comes to pass you can BET they will move to Toronto even if there’s some clause to keep them in Buffalo. The Jacobs brothers can afford the team but they have a huge interest in bringing a team to Toronto where their main concessions buisness is and they almost moved the Bruins until NHL stepped in and told them NO you cannot move an original SIX team! Food for thought. Trump’s interest in the team is only for the publicity not the team or the city!!! The Trump side show/freak show will not play well with the NFL.

  87. overratedsteelerhater says: Apr 16, 2014 11:27 AM

    no need to buy bills,run for president!!!

  88. Dogsweat says: Apr 16, 2014 11:48 AM

    Fact: Hershel Walker was born into the New Jersey Generals. Not the Cowboys or Vikings.

    Fact: The Generals were successful, they also had Doug Flutie.

    Fact: Trump did not cause the USFL to fail.

    The USFL produced many great players.

    Donald Trump will pump money into the Bills to make them a winner.

    Or you can have some lame owner, that chases guys and over spends on cruddy players.

    See a list of Buffalo’s QB’s in the last 10 years.

    The Amish Rifle ??? lol

  89. wakaflaccoflame says: Apr 16, 2014 11:51 AM

    Why are people still talking about his bankruptcy when he’s worth over 10 BILLION dollars now?? I’m pretty sure bankruptcy will never be a problem for him again. But you guys always have to find something to complain about when you have no idea what you’re talking about.

  90. wakaflaccoflame says: Apr 16, 2014 11:53 AM

    Also, are people still talking about teams being a “circus” and “bad for the league” when the Browns, Cowboys and Jets are still teams??

  91. fordmandalay says: Apr 16, 2014 2:21 PM

    I’m sure a group of billionaire owners see no problem with having a despicable, hate-spewing, racist, birther liar be a member of their club of oligarchs.

  92. thebigwhitecat says: Apr 17, 2014 8:36 PM

    “The league’s anti-gambling stance might not mesh with Trump’s involvement in Trump Entertainment Resorts, a casino and hotel company. However, despite bearing Trump’s name, Langworthy said Trump has no managing authority and has sold a “massive portion” of his casino holdings.”

    Cohen and Langworthy said Trump would have no problem selling that stock, if necessary.”

    —USA Today, 4/15/2014

  93. bittersportspills says: Apr 17, 2014 11:53 PM

    Trump becoming the Bills owner? You know it’s never a good idea for your team if fans from the other three teams in your division fully support it.

    “Peyton Manning retiring? Sounds good.” Sincerely, Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders fan.

  94. bigdawg24 says: Apr 18, 2014 9:46 AM

    If he has the $$, and will keep the team in Buffalo, no reason why he shouldn’t buy the Bills.

    Move the Rams back to LA – their Dome is a dump, St Louis is a baseball town, that is all they care about.

    London doesn’t deserve a NFL team because of the travel logistics alone – and they are a bunch soccer loving fans who love sitting watching ties or draw outcomes of games.

    Then all will be right in the NFL, except moving Oakland out of the dump stadium they play in, and Jacksonville actually having some fans.

  95. texasshriner says: Apr 18, 2014 1:18 PM


  96. mtntexas says: Apr 20, 2014 10:57 AM

    Trump may just pull this off. Jerry Jones has offered to teach Trump everything that he knows about football and running a team. He’s made 5 minutes available whenever Trump wants to see him.

  97. tweener8292 says: Apr 20, 2014 3:11 PM

    This is SUCH a bad idea on multiple levels, which many have already commented upon. I’ll just add that the birther stuff would make him poison for Black free agents, not to mention the current players. Many would never consider a team he owns and he couldn’t possibly offer enough to out bid. This would be such an easy counter argument for teams not to mention a player’s friends and family that I don’t know what Trump could say.

    This is on top of the earlier comments about his finances, bankruptcies, etc. Who thinks that Donald Trump would want to own something in Buffalo? He’d be thinking Los Angeles before the ink dries. Don’t be fooled, Bills fans. You deserve better than Donald J. Trump.

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