Mark Poloncarz provides lease expertise to WGR
The Twitter world was worked into a tizzy on Monday night following the headline provided by John Kryk of The Toronto Sun. Kryk highlighted a clause in the Buffalo Bills lease with Erie County stating that, from what he was made to understand, that the sale of the team is prohibited from going to a prospective owner that has outright intentions of moving the team during the course of the lease, which runs through 2023.
While this provision had been brought to light for the first time, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com argued that it doesn't actually give new insight that wasn't known already. Florio argued that the new owner, even if they had intended on moving the franchise, would make it seem as though they were planning on keeping the Bills in Buffalo.
The two simple facts remain: the new owner can still opt out of the lease with Erie County during a short window in the beginning of 2020 for $28.4 million, and there is nothing stopping a new owner from moving the team when the full term of the lease expires in 2023.
With confusion setting in for most in regards to this newly brought up clause, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz called The Howard Simon Show on Tuesday morning to explain what it all meant.
Near the end of the interview, Poloncarz said he expects that by this time next year a new owner will be in place. He also said he's talked with plenty of prospective owners that intend to keep the team in Buffalo, even ones without ties to the area.
Here is the interview in full: