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The Buffalo Bills could have a new owner before the season is halfway over.

While much of the focus on the Bills' future understandably has been on building a new stadium and the next owner being able to wriggle out of the lease in 2020, a high-ranking Bills source informed me the team's sale is on a much faster track than fans probably expected.

A sale must be approved by 75 percent of the owners, and that vote could take place as early as their annual October session. The Bills will start evaluating offers within the next few months.

The source said a more likely timetable to vote on the Bills' sale would occur later than that -- perhaps at the annual labor meeting in December or the annual owners meetings in March -- but October is possible.

The Bills today announced Ralph Wilson's widow, Mary Wilson, has assumed control as the club's principal owner. The move was a formality and helps facilitate the sale process.

NFL bylaws state every team must have a principal owner to establish a front-office hierarchy.