There hasn’t been any shortage in new reports or speculation since the Buffalo Bills were put up for sale in 2014. The entire time that the team has prepared for the 2014 regular season has played second fiddle to what will inevitably happen to the team.
The trust of late Bills owner Ralph Wilson has been reportedly meeting with prospective owners that have advanced as finalists into the next stage of the sale process. One man that has been there for those meetings has been Team President and CEO Russ Brandon.
Unlike most years, Brandon has been away from training camp practices as the sale of the team has ramped up over the course of the past few weeks. His presence at the team’s joint practice with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania was notable because of the ongoing sale.
The team president hasn’t addressed the media since the Hall of Fame weekend in Canton, Ohio, but took questions from reporters on Thursday night. Not surprisingly, Brandon didn’t offer up much new information about the impending sale of the franchise.
“Well what I can say, unfortunately, is pretty much what I've been saying in that the process is ongoing. It's a private transaction and I'm not really at liberty to discuss it at any length or form,” he said. “We know the level of interest, but we also appreciate the private nature of this moving forward.”
The sale, by many accounts, could be wrapped up by early October if all goes well. On October 7-8, the NFL will get together for one of their owner’s meetings and the ratification of the next owner could be completed.
Brandon wouldn’t comment if that was the preferred resolution.
“There's no timetable on anything,” he said. “It's a process and that's why we handed that to the investment bank and to the investment council. We'll leave it with those two fine firms and, stay tuned.”
The latest report, from Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, indicated that the sale could be Terry Pegula’s to lose. Brandon was simply asked to comment on how close the sale was to nearing a conclusion, to which he replied, that he could not at this point in time.
Pegula, Jon Bon Jovi and his Toronto-based group, Donald Trump and Tom Golisano are the four reported finalists in the sale of the Bills.