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Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (99) / 10/17/1918

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Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula has reached an agreement with the Bills to become the team's next owner.
It's a huge relief to the city of Buffalo, as it means the team is staying put. Per WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia, fans are calling into sportstalk radio with tears of joy. Pegula is a far better fit to take over for Ralph Wilson than other rumored bidders such as Donald Trump and Jon Bon Jovi. Tue, Sep 9, 2014 10:11:00 AM

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The Associated Press reports the sale of the Bills is entering its "final stage."

Per the AP, potential buyers must submit their formal bids in "about two weeks." A new owner is expected to be named by October. The team appears highly likely to remain in Buffalo.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 09:09:00 PM

The Buffalo News reports two Los Angeles-based groups were interested in purchasing the Bills until "discovering how much opposition there would be to moving the team."

Reporter Tim Graham believes prospective owners have discovered that "trying to relocate the team is not a sensible endeavor." Per Graham, the league and "too many powerful politicians are against it." A new owner, one likely to keep the team in Buffalo, appears on track to be found within the calendar year.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 03:04:00 PM

Donald Trump has advanced to the second round of bidding on the Bills.

It is believed the same is true of Sabres owner Terry Pegula, as well as the Toronto-based group fronted by '80s rocker Jon Bon Jovi. According to the Associated Press, the next step is for the finalists to "obtain the Bills' financial information before submitting a formal bid." A sale could be completed within the calendar year.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 08:28:00 PM

The Associated Press reports the Jon Bon Jovi-fronted ownership group interested in buying the Bills has "conducted a feasibility study into buying the (team) and building a stadium in Toronto."

This has been the belief all along, but the group has publicly claimed otherwise. Under the terms of the Bills' stadium lease, the Wilson family is not allowed to negotiate with anyone, who "to their knowledge," has an intention of relocating the team before 2022. The league appears to be interested in keeping the team in Buffalo.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 09:08:00 PM

The Bills' financial advisers have begun distributing the organization's financial information to prospective buyers.

The information is being distributed through a "virtual data room" that only prospective bidders will be able to access. The financial information will allow potential buyers to gauge the organization's financial position and prepare bids. Donald Trump's camp already confirmed they received the information. Sabers owner Terry Pegula, ex-Sabers owner Tom Golisano, and a consortium led by rocker Jon Bon Jovi have also been linked with the organization.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 03:45:00 PM

WKBW Buffalo's Jeff Russo reports Sabres owner Terry Pegula and his wife are expected to make a bid on the Bills, and are "determined to win (it)."

Russo joins ex-Sabres owner Tom Golisano as an option to keep the team in Buffalo. Numerous potential successors for Ralph Wilson have been bandied about, including Donald Trump and a Toronto-based ownership group fronted by rocker Jon Bon Jovi. Pegula sounds like he might be the best bet for fans in Western New York.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 06:10:00 PM

Former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano is interested in buying the Bills.

Golisano has long been viewed as one of the most viable candidates to keep the team in Buffalo. "Everybody has a degree of reasonableness," Golisano said. "If it costs way more than I'm willing to pay, then I won't feel bad if I don't get them. I'll only feel bad if they move out of Western New York." According to ESPN's Mike Rodak, the Bills are expected to begin accepting bids later this month.
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 07:42:00 PM

Two NFL owners tell the Buffalo News' Tim Graham they "fully anticipate" the Toronto-based ownership group fronted by rocker Jon Bon Jovi to bid on the Bills even if the team is required to stay in Buffalo.

The Bills' lease with Ralph Wilson Stadium runs through 2020, but the team could potentially be moved to Toronto because it is within the franchise's "home territory." There will likely be a strong movement to keep the Bills in Western New York, however. The Buffalo News reported last month that the team could be sold as early as October.
Tue, May 20, 2014 08:10:00 PM

A source with "knowledge of the dynamics of team ownership" believes Donald Trump could gain league approval if he's serious about buying the Bills.

"I don’t see why not," the source said. "He’s the only one saying it will stay in Buffalo. ... I don’t think there are nine people to stop him." Blocking a sale requires nine "no" votes from the league's other 31 owners. At this point, Trump's candidacy for the Bills is likely more bark than bite for a noted publicity hound, but there's nothing stopping it from getting serious.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 10:02:00 PM

Donald Trump insists his interest in buying the Bills is legitimate.

Trump is a noted headline seeker, but is adamant he's not only interested in the Bills, but keeping them in Buffalo. "I'm going to give it a heavy shot," Trump told the Buffalo News. "I would love to do it, and if I can do it I'm keeping it in Buffalo." Trump is the first prospective owner to publicly voice his interest, but a Toronto-based group fronted by rocker Jon Bon Jovi is also believed to be in the mix. Other suitors will emerge in the coming days and months.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 05:37:00 PM

The Toronto Sun reports rocker Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto-based ownership group that plans to bid on the Bills.

"Jon remains passionate in his pursuit of an NFL franchise," were the words of Bon Jovi's publicist. According to the Sun, Bon Jovi's group would relocate the Bills to Toronto. An '80s hair metaler from New Jersey being the front for a group that moved the Bills from Buffalo would be a sad, sordid tale, but the team is locked in to Ralph Wilson Stadium through 2020. The Bills are going to be sold within the next year, but it's not time for fans to panic.
Source: Toronto Sun
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 09:22:00 PM

The Buffalo News reports the Bills could have a new owner as early as October.

According to a "high-ranking Bills source," the sale is on a "much faster track than fans probably expected." Per reporter Tim Graham, October isn't the most-likely completion date for a sale, however. That would be the league meetings in December or next March. The Bills' next owner could break the team's stadium lease as early as 2020.
Thu, Apr 3, 2014 06:44:00 PM

Mary Wilson has taken over as controlling owner of the Bills.

She's the wife of late Bills owner/founder Ralph Wilson. According to the team, "a process will be established at an appropriate time for the sale of the franchise." Wilson will assuredly work to keep the Bills in Buffalo, but the team's future in Western New York is in question.
Thu, Apr 3, 2014 03:11:00 PM

Bills owner Ralph Wilson died on Tuesday.

Wilson, 95, was the founder and owner of the Bills and the oldest owner in the NFL. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. Wilson was truly one of the men who built the NFL. He was one of the founders of the American Football League, which merged with the NFL in 1970. With Wilson's passing, speculation about the Bills' future in Buffalo may become a hot topic.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 02:59:00 PM

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