Andre Reed joins group attempting to keep Bills in Buffalo

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014

Andre Reed joins group attempting to keep Bills in Buffalo Andre Reed (33) is among those who want to keep the Bills in Buffalo in the wake of Ralph Wilson's passing. (Kevin Rivoli/AP)

There are few things more painful in professional sports than relocation.

We know the Buffalo Bills aren't leaving upstate New York for a handful of years, but if the team can't find a spot to build a new stadium, it's within reason to believe the Bills could be on their way out.

Hoping to prevent that is Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed, who has joined the Buffalo Fan Alliance advisory board.

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The legendary Bills wideout heads a list that includes former kicker Steve Christie, former NFL receiver Phil McConkey (a Buffalo native) and Luke Russert of NBC.

The release announcing membership in the advisory board explains that the Buffalo Fan Alliance hopes to raise between $100 million and $170 million, which would be loaned at zero percent interest to a group that promises not to move the team. The arrangement would save an estimated $8 million to $14 million per year on debt service costs.

The Bills' current lease runs through the 2022 season, but there is a one-time window between the 2019 and 2020 season in which the franchise could be moved for a rather paltry $28 million buyout.

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