Billionaire Tom Galisano in talks to buy Buffalo Bills

Buffalo billionaire Tom Galisano in talks to buy the Buffalo Bills

5/28/14 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Billionaire Tom Galisano in talks to buy Buffalo BillsThe NFL owners community lost a good one today in Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer (1928-2014). But they may have found an exemplary candidate to replace recently deceased Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson. Meet Tom Galisano. He's a great upstate New York community figure with very deep pockets, he wants to keep the Bills in Buffalo and most importantly he's not Donald Trump.

Tom Golisano is not actually a "Buffalo billionaire" so much as he is a Rochester billionaire. (His residence is technically in Florida, for tax purposes of course). He made his fortune by founding the payroll firm Paychex, he used to own the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and he's run for governor of New York three times. Most significantly, he's got the connections already lined up to build a new stadium for the Bills in Buffalo.

So it's significant news that Tom Galisano wants to buy the Buffalo Bills. Galisano has a net worth of $2 billion according to Forbes. More importantly, he has a partner lined up who owns land on which a new stadium could be built.

Blog Photo - Billionaire Tom Galisano in talks to buy Buffalo Bills"Golisano has also had talks with developer Scott Congel to be his partner in the potential ownership group," reports the Associated Press. "The person added that Golisano's proposal will include building a new football stadium south of Buffalo, about a 10-minute drive from the Bills current home, Ralph Wilson Stadium."

While Galisano has run for governor on three occasions, he did so each time as an Independent. His donation record is spread pretty evenly to Democrats and Republicans.

Should Mr. Galisano buy the Buffalo Bills franchise, he will be immediately faced with a burgeoning cheerleader scandal.

Need another reason to like Tom Galisano as a potential NFL owner? He is romantically linked to Monica Seles, the nine-time Grand Slam title-winner in women's tennis who is practically half his age.
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