Bills to stay in Buffalo until at least 2020

Buffalo Bills founder and owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. talks with the media following the announcement...

Buffalo Bills founder and owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. talks with the media following the announcement of his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Tampa, Florida in this January 31, 2009, file photo. (REUTERS)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 PM ET

ORLANDO, FLA. - The Buffalo Bills aren’t going anywhere until 2020 at the earliest, the Sun has learned.

Not to Toronto.

Not to Los Angeles.

Not anywhere.

It’s Ralph Wilson’s last “enormous gift” to the people of Western New York, according to Marc Ganis, president of Sports Corp. Ltd.

Widely circulated reports since December 2012 that a $400-million buyout option exists through 2019 in the NFL franchise’s stadium lease with the state of New York and Erie County are “flat-out wrong,” Ganis told the Sun exclusively.

In an interview Wednesday morning at the conclusion of the NFL annual meeting, the prominent sports-franchise consultant said that whoever should buy the Bills in the wake of Ralph Wilson’s death on Tuesday cannot relocate the team from Western New York at any time over the remaining nine years of their lease agreement, which expires after the 2022 season.

The exception is the brief, well-known period of time following the seventh year of the extension — that is, after the 2019 season.


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