Bills could have new owner by October, according to report

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills may be moving fast to find a new owner, with reports suggesting that a vote could take place as early as October.

The Buffalo Bills may move fast on bringing in a new owner, with Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reporting that a vote and decision could be made in October. The franchise's sale must be approved by at least 75 percent of the current owners, who meet annually in October and could use the occasion to reset the direction of the organization. The Bills will evaluate offers over the coming months.

Graham's source clarified that such a timetable would be on the faster end of the spectrum. More likely, a vote would occur later than October, perhaps at a labor meeting in December or at another owners meeting in March.

The passing of owner Ralph Wilson last week has left the Bills somewhat in flux. The Bills announced Mary Wilson, the wife of the late Ralph Wilson, as the franchise's new primary owner on Thursday. According to Bills blog Buffalo Rumblings, the decision was largely a formality and considered the first step toward the organization's eventual sale.

In the midst of questions about the Bills' eventual new ownership, a panel has been convening over the potential future of the team's new stadium. Matthew Spina of the Buffalo News reported that the panel still plans to meet as scheduled over the coming months to determine whether the Bills will play in a retrofitted Ralph Wilson Stadium at Orchard Park or build an entirely new structure elsewhere.

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