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L.A. developers target Bills for relocation

This is the type of story Buffalo Bills fans dread because even if it isn't true, it is a blunt reminder of their team's precarious future.

Majestic Realty Co. managing partner John Semcken said the Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars are the first two teams it will try to relocate for a new stadium 25 miles outside Los Angeles.

"Jacksonville and Buffalo are two teams in very, very small markets," Semcken said in an Associated Press story Tuesday night. "They are teams that have either outdated stadiums or are having trouble filling their stadiums or both."

The Bills' future long has been in doubt. Owner Ralph Wilson is 91 years old, and his heirs are believed to be uninterested in keeping the team.

For the past decade, the Bills have tried to regionalize the franchise. They've staged training camp at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester, N.Y., to cultivate a broader fan base there. Last year, the Bills sold off eight of their games, including five regular-season contests, to promoters in Toronto for $78 million.

The AP story said Majestic Realty is considering at least seven franchises to lure the NFL back to the Los Angeles area. The other clubs are the San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders.

Majestic's chief executive is billionaire developer Ed Roski, who would like to lead a consortium of investors rather than buy a team himself.