He was a minority owner of the Lions, in his hometown of Detroit, and actually went to start up in Buffalo after being rejected for a franchise by Miami his summer home... The flow of Fins (or whatever he would have called us) history could well have gone in another direction and no doubt we'd have been complaining for the last decade how out of step and cheap our owner was.. so it is all relative
In 1959, Buffalo learned that it would be awarded a professional football franchise, this time in the newly formed American Football League. Detroit businessman, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. was a minority owner of the Detroit Lions but longed to own his own team. Wilson had originally wanted to place a team in his winter home of Miami, Florida but after being spurned by the Orange Bowl, Wilson was informed about the loyal fans of Buffalo and its stadium.