ALBANY – Donald Trump said on Twitter he is “the only potential bidder” for the Buffalo Bills who will not let the team move from Western New York.
Trump made the proclamation in between other tweets he has sent out about his hotel properties, his hair and today’s political primary races.
“I am the only potential owner of the @buffalobills who will keep the team in Buffalo, where it belongs!” Trump wrote.
Trump, whose senior adviser last week confirmed that he was among those potential bidders getting a nondisclosure agreement to sign in order to get a look at the Bills’ financial picture, did not offer any other commentary or proof of why he is “the only” would-be owner who will not move the team.
In the past Trump has said he believes additional renovation work at the team’s existing stadium is likely needed if he purchased the team but that, over the long term, a new stadium is needed. He has dismissed the idea of building a new stadium next to the current facility in Orchard Park, and has said he has had advisers look at a couple of sites within the Buffalo city limits as possible stadium locations.
“The tweet speaks for itself,’’ Michael Cohen, executive vice president of the Trump Organization and a senior advisor to Trump, said this afternoon.
In Buffalo this afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed the Trump claims.
“Then it must be true,’’ Cuomo said when told what Trump had tweeted.
The governor, though, said he believes there are “a number of bidders who are seriously considering going forward are committed to keeping the team in Western New York.’’
When Cuomo was asked whether Trump is a serious bidder, he said: “I don’t want to characterize what I think of him. But I didn’t see his tweet. Let’s put it that way.”
On the stadium front, Cuomo said he is still not convinced, despite what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has suggested to him in private talks, that a new facility is necessarily needed. That will depend on what the NFL and the team’s eventual buyer determines as needed in order to keep the team in the Buffalo area.
“No one is anxious to build a stadium if we don’t have to build a stadium … No one is anxious to pay for a stadium,’’ Cuomo told reporters today. Even if all sides – public and private interests – contribute money, the governor said, “It is still expensive.’’
“You would only build a new stadium if you really had to build a new stadium,’’ he said, adding that he is “not convinced’’ a new facility is needed, presumably, over further renovations of the Wilson stadium beyond what currently is being done.