Buffalo Bills Pro Football Hall-of-Famers Joe DeLamielleure, James Lofton and Billy Shaw, along with Buffalo developer Rocco Termini, have joined the Buffalo Fan Alliance advisory board, the group announced today.
The alliance aims to raise money among fans to help a new owner keep the Bills franchise in Western New York. The group has proposed raising between $100 million and $170 million from fans, who could pay anywhere from $100 to $10,000 apiece. That fund then would be offered interest-free to someone buying the team and pledging to keep it here, creating an incentive worth around $10 million per year for a new owner.
Bills Hall of Famer Andre Reed was among those previously named to the advisory board.
The alliance plans to add two fans to its advisory panel. They will be appointed via social media.
The BFA also announced an online open letter to the NFL to illustrate not only Bills fan support to the NFL for a long-term stadium resolution, but national support that Buffalo expatriots can demonstrate, along with other fan bases, for keeping the Bills in Buffalo. The letter is available on its website, www.buffalofanalliance.org for fans to sign.
“Dealing with a long-term solution for the stadium issue is critical to keeping the Bills in Buffalo and it’s important we demonstrate to the NFL, and anyone considering buying the team, that support runs deep to keep the Bills right where they belong – in Western New York,” said Matt Sabuda, one of BFA's directors. “Joe, Billy, James and Rocco are great additions to an All-Star team. Our advisory board is really shaping up as a powerhouse of influencers who care deeply about protecting the Bills in Buffalo. We couldn't ask for a better group of people to be leaders in this effort."