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Old 03-25-2014, 05:08 PM   #11
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Default Re: Bills owner and founder Ralph Wilson dead at 95

Ralph Wilson was a great owner, great community advocate who wanted to have his team in the B'low. J. Bettis said it pretty good above, this is a sad day. Unfortunately, I can see the team moving because all that everyone cares about is money now. There is no such thing as loyalty to the community, fans any longer unfortunately, in a lot of NFL cities. We are so lucky to have the Rooney's own the Steelers!
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:31 PM   #12
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If his kids don't want it, I'll take it.
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If his kids don't want it, I'll take it.
No such luck - Mr. Wilson apparently believed in estate planning

The Buffalo Bills' franchise will be placed in a trust following the death of owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr., and no quick sale of the team is expected.

In fact, the trust is likely to control and manage the team for at least a couple of years before any sale of the team is arranged, both team and National Football League sources tell The News.

The death of the Bills' 95-year-old owner on Tuesday means the team eventually will be put up for sale by Wilson's estate. That was the plan Wilson laid out decades ago and one he vehemently stuck to in recent years as local worries about the future of the franchise increased.

Having a trust in control essentially keeps Wilson's management team in place for the near future. Could the trust operate the team for more than two years? Yes, according to sources close to the Bills.

Ultimately, however, Wilson's estate will have the fiduciary responsibility to take roughly the best offer it can get for the franchise.


http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/bi...trust-20140325
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Default Re: Bills owner and founder Ralph Wilson dead at 95

As a youth, my favorite player who was not a stealer was OJ Simpson. And if I had a favorite team of all time that was not the Steelers it would have been the Marv levy Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith led bills. That team was as close to the 70s steelers as we will ever see.

Bill Polian was on radio today and said if Wilson we're alive he would tell everyone not to pray for him and his family but for Jim Kelly as he battles his cancer.

Sad day for buffalo. I really hope kellys treatment is successful and he can wait many more years before he goes to meet Hunter in heaven.
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As a youth, my favorite player who was not a stealer was OJ Simpson. And if I had a favorite team of all time that was not the Steelers it would have been the Marv levy Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith led bills. That team was as close to the 70s steelers as we will ever see.

Bill Polian was on radio today and said if Wilson we're alive he would tell everyone not to pray for him and his family but for Jim Kelly as he battles his cancer.

Sad day for buffalo. I really hope kellys treatment is successful and he can wait many more years before he goes to meet Hunter in heaven.
True that for Jim Kelly - this picture of Kelly and his daughter watching the Syracuse game while he appears to have an IV (chemo?) in his arm is heartbreaking for anyone who has lost a loved one or friend to that awful disease



But he has his family and a strong support network




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Ugh...

that picture is hard to see. Jim Kelly is vastly underrated as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He would be in my top three of favorites along with Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger.
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No such luck - Mr. Wilson apparently believed in estate planning

The Buffalo Bills' franchise will be placed in a trust following the death of owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr., and no quick sale of the team is expected.

In fact, the trust is likely to control and manage the team for at least a couple of years before any sale of the team is arranged, both team and National Football League sources tell The News.

The death of the Bills' 95-year-old owner on Tuesday means the team eventually will be put up for sale by Wilson's estate. That was the plan Wilson laid out decades ago and one he vehemently stuck to in recent years as local worries about the future of the franchise increased.

Having a trust in control essentially keeps Wilson's management team in place for the near future. Could the trust operate the team for more than two years? Yes, according to sources close to the Bills.

Ultimately, however, Wilson's estate will have the fiduciary responsibility to take roughly the best offer it can get for the franchise.


http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/bi...trust-20140325
It's a sad day for the Bills fans. Without Wilson the Bills would have been moved to other place already. Wilson has tried everything to keep the team in Buffalo. By extending the lease agreement, the team will probably stay in the that area for the next few years. It's a shame that his family has no interested in football business.

R.I.P. Wilson.
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Wilson and Rooney were also the only owners who voted against the Art Modell's proposed move out of Cleveland. Owning a sport team is not only about money. It's also a commitment to the area. Wilson and Rooney realize that and they stick to this principle. Respect.
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the Marv levy Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith led bills.
Marv Levy's retirement speech was one of the few things to ever bring tears to my eyes.

This is the line:
"Play hard, play fair, and remember that win or lose, you are still my guys."
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Wilson and Rooney were also the only owners who voted against the Art Modell's proposed move out of Cleveland. Owning a sport team is not only about money. It's also a commitment to the area. Wilson and Rooney realize that and they stick to this principle. Respect.
Agreed - the owners who bought in when making $$ off pro football was no sure thing (the Chief with the Steelers in the 1930's, Ralph Wilson with the founding of the AFL) are the foundation upon which the riches of the current owners rest

Funny story from Ed.B. of the P-G about Ralph Wilson showing off his new 80,000 seat stadium to the Chief in the 1970s

Art Rooney Sr. told me the story of how Ralph Wilson proudly showed him around shortly after the stadium opened, replacing the decrepit War Memorial. The Steelers did not play in the new stadium until 1978, so it might have been then. As Wilson wound down his grand tour with The Chief, Rooney turned to him and said something such as, “Nice place, Ralph. How ya gonna fill it if you don’t win?’’
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