Bills could be sold as early as summer, source says

Buffalo Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham celebrates a touchdown against the New York Jets at Ralph...

Buffalo Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham celebrates a touchdown against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Nov. 17, 2013. (TIMOTHY T. LUDWIG/USA Today)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:05 PM ET

Don't be surprised if the NFL already has pre-vetted potential buyers of the Buffalo Bills and the team is sold as early as this summer, a prominent sports-franchise consultant told QMI Agency.

That's one of many insights regarding the future of the Bills franchise shared by this expert adviser on team acquisitions and stadium development, who is based on the Atlantic seaboard.

He spoke to QMI Agency on condition of anonymity.

"I would assume that the NFL already is pre-vetting candidates that are going to bid. You have to go with that assumption," the consultant said this week in a pair of wide-ranging interviews. "The NFL did that with the Cleveland Browns sale (in 2012). They were pre-vetting.

"That sale was lightning quick, and the reason why is the league had already pre-approved Jimmy Haslam. That team had gone up to the league and said, 'We want to sell,' and the league said, 'You know what? We have a guy for you. He's already been approved by the NFL.'"

The same thing happened in late 2011, when billionaire Shad Khan agreed to terms to buy the Jacksonville Jaguars.


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