EXCLUSIVE: Clause forbids Bills' sale to anyone intent on relocation

A general view of the Rogers Centre during the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins NFL football...

A general view of the Rogers Centre during the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins NFL football game in Toronto, in this October 30, 2011 file photo. (REUTERS)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 PM ET

The odds of the Buffalo Bills being sold to a Toronto group -- or any group intent on relocating the NFL franchise -- appear remote.

An overlooked clause in the Bills' restrictive non-relocation agreement with Erie County and the state of New York expressly prohibits the sale of the NFL franchise to anyone who intends to relocate the team -- at least before that agreement expires in July 2023.

This proviso might even supersede the one-time out clause in February 2020 that allows the Bills to break their 10-year lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium for a $28.4-million penalty.

The sale clause all along has been in the non-relocation agreement, signed early last year as a sister legal document to the Bills' 10-year lease extension at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

 


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