(WGR 550) -- The Buffalo Bills have officially named a controlling owner of the franchise after long-time owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. passed away.
Here is the full press release they a issued on Thursday afternoon:
"With the loss of legendary owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the ownership of the Buffalo Bills begins a period of transition.
The Bills organization today is announcing that Mary Wilson, wife of the franchise’s late founder and sole owner, is now the controlling owner.
A process will be established at an appropriate time for the sale of the franchise. This process will ensure that the club complies and is faithful to NFL rules and to its obligations to New York State and Erie County. We plan to have detailed discussions with the NFL, the State and County, and others as we determine the timing and structure of any sales process.
Mary Wilson said, “I have complete confidence in Russ Brandon, our President and CEO, to continue his duties of running the organization. General Manager Doug Whaley and Head Coach Doug Marrone remain empowered by Russ to run the football operation.”
Brandon, Whaley and Marrone will direct the team with the same goal firmly in place -- winning.
As Brandon has stated repeatedly since last week, “We are in mourning over the loss of our founder, owner and friend, Hall of Famer Ralph Wilson. But our organization is operating in the day-to-day functions that we normally would because that’s the way Mr. Wilson would have wanted it.”"