Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs takes a question during a news conference before an NHL hockey game between the Bruins and the New York Rangers in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs took a question during a news conference before a game between the Bruins and the New York Rangers in Boston on Jan. 19, 2013.
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Could a New England Patriots division rival be purchased by the family of the Boston Bruins’ longtime owner?

The Buffalo News is reporting that “highly placed sources” say the Jacobs family is leading the list of suitors to buy the NFL’s for-sale Buffalo Bills.

Jeremy Jacobs is the CEO of Buffalo-based Delaware North (a concession company) and owner of Boston Bruins.

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However it seems such a purchase would be complicated due to NFL rules.

The Buffalo News reports the league prohibits teams from being sold to owners of other sports leagues’ franchises.

So, the News reports, it might make sense that one of Jacobs’ sons would pursue the Bills.

Could one or more of Jacobs' sons buy the Bills? If they divested themselves of any holdings in the Bruins and removed themselves from any position with that team, it's possible, an NFL source told The News. However, it would depend on an evaluation of the specifics of the deal, that source said.

h/t Profootballtalk.com