Citing an unnamed ownership source, Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com reports that Austin is a possible destination — or threat — as one of the cities to which Buffalo Bills ownership was referring when telling government negotiators that “there are other cities elsewhere that desire an NFL franchise and would pay handsomely for it.”
This past weekend, reports were leaked that Bills’ ownership, led by the Pegula family, is seeking $1.5 billion in taxpayer money for a new stadium along with renovations to the KeyBank Arena, home of the Buffalo Sabres, which the Pegulas also own.
Austin city council members say they have not had any discussions about a possible move, meaning it’s probably just a bluff at this point.
The Bills reportedly will be using a potential move to Austin as leverage to get what they want in Buffalo. https://t.co/9OBH956HCi
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 1, 2021
NFL in Austin? Reports say Buffalo Bills may consider a move to Austin as the franchise negotiates to build a new stadium.https://t.co/Booql7PlIq
— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) August 1, 2021
Allegedly the Buffalo #Bills ownership group is threatening to move the team to Austin.
They're looking for a new 100% tax funded stadium.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 2, 2021