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TIME FOR TOM TO THINK TRADE

Tom Golisano is a breath of fresh air for Western New York sports fans. Here's a man who knew very little about professional hockey, yet he reached into his pocket and bought the team. Didn't ask for a chunk of the state treasury as some others did and recognized that prices had to be lowered to keep the stands full.

A billionaire with empathy for the poor working slob. A rarity indeed. And it appears he's having the time of his life doing it.

If I had Mr. Golisano's ear I'd make the following suggestion: The NFL is desperate to put an NFL franchise back into the Los Angeles market. If Mr. Golisano was successful with an L.A. franchise all kinds of other opportunities would arise. Such as, Mr. Wilson someday will leave the team to his daughters. His most active daughter with the team spends the offseason in Los Angeles.

That could set up Golisano pulling a Carroll Rosenbloom trade . . . his Los Angeles franchise for the Buffalo Bills franchise. With that scenario, we'd have a local team owner that wouldn't hint every few years he may have to move the team. What a dream. Could happen.
Mike Borton

West Seneca

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