Yesterday, the Buffalo Bills confirmed that they would not re-sign their current lease at Highmark Stadium without an agreement for a brand new stadium project in place. Possibly as a “threat” to expedite this process, Austin, Texas has been reported as a potential landing spot for the Bills organization — encroaching on Jerry Jones’ Dallas Cowboy territory.
During an appearance with 103.5 The Fan on Saturday, Jones said the Bills should stay put in Buffalo because of their “unique” history.
“It’s unique, it’s just as Green Bay is unique relative to size, location,” Jones said. “Buffalo has a special place. All those AFL teams have a special place, just as Green Bay does. And so to me my wish would be they work something out and stay there.”
While these were Jones’ surface level comments, the 78-year-old owner has other motives to keep the Bills in Buffalo as well.
Back in June, the Bills selected Legends, a sports firm co-owned by Jones, to represent Buffalo ownership in their efforts build a new stadium. Once the stadium is built, Legends is also set to sell sponsorships and premium seating for the franchise.
If the Bills stay in Buffalo, Jones is set to make a good deal of money on this deal.
Back when the former St. Louis Rams made the move to Los Angeles, Jones was fully supportive of the change — likely because Legends also had deals with LA’s brand new SoFi Stadium.
The Bills’ current lease with Highmark Stadium runs through the 2023 season.