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The Buffalo Bills Future

COMPLETE COVERAGE: Where Will the Team Be & Who Will Own It

Posted 36 days 19 hrs 12 mins ago

From our early coverage of the death of Ralph Wilson, to the selection of a new team owner and the related discussions about a possible stadium site, WBEN.com has the future of the Buffalo Bills covered with a range of stories, photos and interviews.



AUDIO: Hear Toronto Sun Columnist John Kryk Lay Out The Sale Timetable

Posted 1 day 23 hrs 47 mins ago
Kryk says the next deadline is July 29  when potential buyers have to indicate whether they intend to bid. CLICK THE HEADLINE ABOVE to HEAR HIS LIVELINE INTERVIEW with John Zach & Susan Rose

Bills Sale Timeline Could Be Quick

Posted 2 days 3 hrs 5 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As potential buyers go over sales date for the NFL and the Buffalo Bills, the timeline for a sale could happen rather quickly.

Report: Bills Sale Book Released

Posted 6 days 18 hrs 39 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Prospective bidders for the Buffalo Bills have received the sale book from the trust, according to reports.

Report: Pegulas Hire Sports Broker

Posted 7 days 16 hrs 32 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Could this be another step toward a bid for the Bills? There's a report saying Terry and Kim Pegula have hired a sports broker.

No Canada?: Rogers Out; Bon Jovi Keeping Bills in US

Posted 9 days 1 hr 12 mins ago
The Toronto Sun says that Edward Rogers III, the deputy chairman of Rogers Communications in Toronto is not attempting to buy the Buffalo Bills after all, and a close friend of  rock star Jon Bon Jovi underlines that a bid from him would keep the team in Western New York. 

Cuomo: Number of Serious Bidders Committed to Keeping Bills in WNY

Posted 15 days 7 hrs 58 mins ago
Governor confirms local interest, has doubts about certainty of a new stadium.

Pegula Backs Bills Staying in Buffalo

Posted 19 days 18 hrs 42 mins ago
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula say they have a strong desire to see the Bills stay in Buffalo, and aren't ruling out making a bid to buy the franchise.

Bills Sale Latest: Trump, Pegula and Bon Jovi

Posted 20 days 19 mins ago
Sabres Owner Terry Pegula and mogul Donald Trump have both been given paperwork to start the bidding process, as Bon Jovi lunches with the NFL Commish

Trump Receives Bills Bidding Documents

Posted 20 days 19 hrs 32 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Bills are up for bids, officially. A rep for Donald Trump says he has received initial documents..

Timetable For a Bills Sale

Posted 24 days 1 hr 48 mins ago
The timetable is murky, but one thing remains fairly clear.  The Buffalo Bills could be  be sold farily soon.  Several deadlines and hints of the tightly held private timetable have emerged- and all point toward increasing back and forth in the next few weeks.

Reports: Jacobs Out of Running for Bills

Posted 26 days 17 hrs 45 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN/AP) There are multiple reports the Jacobs family will not be among those bidding for the Buffalo Bills. But it is possible the Jacobs family may participate in the stadium process.

Reports: Pegula Interested in Bills Bid

Posted 27 days 14 hrs 20 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) It looks like the Sabres' owner is looking to make a bid for the Buffalo Bills.

Pabst Beer Mogul Metropoulous Wants A Bills Bid

Posted 28 days 1 hr 33 mins ago
(WBEN) Add another name to the list of leaked possible owners of the Buffalo Bills.  C. Dean Metropoulous-- the owner of Pabst Beer brands- a $1.3 billion businessman is considering a purchase according to several media reports .

Area Group Wants Fans To Be Heard

Posted 31 days 17 hrs 8 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A gorup of Bills' fans were sitting around one day and decided that their voice need to be heard when it came to the sale of their beloved team. So they decided to do something about it.

Golisano Interested in Buying Bills

Posted 34 days 14 hrs 45 mins ago
Rochester, NY (WBEN) The former owner of the Buffalo Sabres confirmed his interest in buying the Buffalo Bills as he accepted an award from a Rochester high school.

Kryk: Niagara "Supergroup" Could Boost Bills Bidding

Posted 37 days 1 hr 26 mins ago
The Toronto Sun hints that a possible "super group" might emerge with enough clout to buy the Bills, and possibly set up shop in Niagara Falls.

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What Are PSLs? A Basic Look at Personal Seat Licenses

Posted 40 days 19 hrs 21 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - It seems that you can't talk about a new football stadium without mentioning three magic words.

Personal Seat Licenses.

Photo Tour: Ralph Wilson Stadium Renovations

Posted 41 days 2 hrs 56 mins ago
Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) - While all the talk is focused on a new Bills stadium, the team's current home is undergoing a major facelift.


Poloncarz Speaks on Congel, Talks Stadium Plans

Posted 41 days 19 hrs 32 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz reacted on Thursday to news reports that Scott Congel could be part of a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills, and that the plan could include a new stadium on the site of the former Seneca Mall.

AP Sources: Golisano Expresses Plans to Buy Bills

Posted 42 days 16 hrs 49 mins ago
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - People involved with the negotiations say billionaire Tom Golisano has met with Buffalo Bills officials and public leaders, and informed them of his interest in purchasing the franchise.

Three Bills HOFers Join Buffalo Fan Alliance

Posted 43 days 17 hrs 35 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) James Lofton, Joe DeLamielleure, and Billy Shaw, former Bills enshrined in the hall of fame, are joining the Buffalo Fan Alliance advisory board. Developer Rocco Termini is also joining the board.

Toronto Sun: Golisano To Bid For Bills

Posted 49 days 1 hr 28 mins ago
(WBEN/AP) The Buffalo Bills have hired legal and financial advisers to help with the sale of the team. One of those seeking to buy the team is former Sabres owner Tom Golisano, according to the Toronto Sun.

Bills Hire Advisers for Franchise Sale

Posted 49 days 19 hrs 35 mins ago
Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Bills today announce that Morgan Stanley has been retained to serve as financial advisor and Proskauer Rose has been engaged to serve as legal advisor during the sale process.

Will Bills Follow Vikings' Script Toward a New Stadium?

Posted 51 days 3 hrs 59 mins ago
(WBEN) - Minnesota spent six years debating a new football stadium before they broke ground. Will the Bills follow a similar path?

Kelly: New Stadium Key to Keeping Bills Here

Posted 51 days 19 hrs 46 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A former Buffalo Bill is among those on record saying the Bills need a new stadium to stay in Western New York.

Kelly Vows to Beat Cancer, Preserve Bills' Future

Posted 55 days 17 hrs 50 mins ago
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The recurrence of cancer isn't tempering Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's resolve to keep the Bills in Buffalo.

Milstein Pulls Out of Buying Bills

Posted 58 days 18 hrs 31 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Count the Thruway Authority's chairman out of the running to buy the Buffalo Bills. Howard Milstein says he won't buy the team.

Big Plans For Vacant Outer Harbor Space

Posted 58 days 20 hrs 24 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - The second private development group to suggest a sports complex for Buffalo's outer harbor unveiled their plans Monday morning, to try and develop an amateur athletics complex there.

Goodell: Bills Need New Stadium to Ensure Future

Posted 63 days 5 hrs 25 mins ago
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he believes the Buffalo Bills will require a new stadium to remain viable in western New York.

NYS Hires Firm to Scope Out New Bills Stadium Sites

Posted 64 days 33 mins ago
A California-based architectural and design firm was hired Tuesday to identify three to four sites across the region that could serve as the team's new home.

Report: Four Person Trust to Decide Winning Bills Bid

Posted 64 days 20 hrs 32 mins ago
Clarence, NY (WBEN) A report says the new owner of the Buffalo Bills will need the approval of a four person trust created by Ralph Wilson before his passing.

Politicians Try to Temper Bills Fans' Expectations

Posted 65 days 17 hrs 32 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - "The committee on rumors works 24 hours a day," Senator Charles Schumer said while in Buffalo on Monday.

Buffalo Bills: New Owner in 90 Days?

Posted 67 days 6 mins ago
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- (AP/WBEN) - The Buffalo Bills could identify a new owner within three months, leading Gov. Andrew Cuomo's stepping up the state's efforts to secure the franchise's long-term future in the region.


Latest Bills Buyer: Thruway Chair & Falls Developer Milstein

Posted 69 days 2 hrs 2 mins ago
Add  Milstein to a growing list of candidates interested in purchasing the Bills. He is chairman of the Thruway Authority and controls an undeveloped 142-acre plot of land in downtown Niagara Falls that has been mentioned as a potential site for a new Bills stadium.

NY Retains Sports Attorney in bid to Keep Bills

Posted 69 days 22 hrs 22 mins ago
Irwin Raij, who played a key role in negotiating the Bills' 10-year lease, is staying on to represent the state's interests in securing the franchise's long-term future following the death of owner Ralph Wilson.

Lawyers to Assist State in Bills Sale

Posted 70 days 19 hrs 38 mins ago
(WBEN) - The Governor's office has retained lawyers to help keep the Bills in Buffalo.

Toronto Star: Bills Lease Forbids Buyer Relocation

Posted 71 days 21 hrs 31 mins ago
(WBEN) Toronto Sun Columnist John Kryk is reporting that the Ralph Wilson Stadium lease between the Buffalo Bills and Erie County doesn't only make it financially difficult for a buyer of the team to relocate, it actually forbids it. Kryk's discovery goes far beyond the previous reported re-location agreement

Jacobs Family Releases Statement on Bills

Posted 76 days 19 hrs 43 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Jeremy Jacobs and the Jacobs family have been among the top of the names rumored to be interested in purchasing the Buffalo Bills ever since the passing of Ralph Wilson.

Read a statement from Jeremy Jacobs Jr. inside

Reed Joins Group Trying to Keep Bills in Buffalo

Posted 79 days 19 hrs 32 mins ago
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Hall of Fame receiver Andre Reed has joined a Bills' fan group trying to keep the team in Buffalo.

Big Names Among Those Courting Bills Ownership

Posted 80 days 12 hrs 42 mins ago
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is prepared to make a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. Donald Trump's on board, too.


Ceretto Backs Bills to Falls

Posted 84 days 15 hrs 36 mins ago
Niagara Falls, NY (WBEN) Assemblyman John Ceretto says he wants to start talks to bring the Bills to Niagara Falls.

Trump Asking for Local Advice on Possible Bills Bid

Posted 85 days 19 hrs 57 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Though not running for governor, Donald Trump is in touch with Western New York leaders about a different kind of bid, a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills.

Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy says Trump is interested in buying the Bills and keeping them here. "That's certainly something I'm dedicated to in any way I can be helpful. So, we've been in

Trump Still Says He's Interested In Bills Ownership

Posted 85 days 20 hrs 45 mins ago
After first telling WBEN at the start of this month that he was looking at joining a Buffalo Bills ownership group, Donald Trump has since spoken with Bills management twice about it, acording to sources.

Schumer Speaks on School Safety, Bills' Future

Posted 86 days 4 hrs 10 mins ago
Cheektowaga, NY (WBEN) - In a Cheektowaga stop, New York's Senior Senator made a plea for school funding, and took questions on the future of the Bills

Kearns Calls for More Transparency in New Stadium Talks

Posted 86 days 17 hrs 18 mins ago
West Seneca, NY (WBEN) Assemblyman Mickey Kearns says he has fans worried about what will happen as the New Stadium Working Group moves forward, and is asking for a more open process.

Jacobs Not Interested in Buying Bills

Posted 89 days 17 hrs 6 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Delaware North has issued a statement from Jeremy Jacobs, expressing his level of interest in buying the Bills.

Bon Jovi Livin' on A Prayer... of The Bills In Toronto

Posted 90 days 1 hr 34 mins ago
(WBEN) A publicist for singer Jon Bon Jovi says the rock star wants to buy an NFL team  and a Toronto newspaper says he has combined with a potential buyer's group there to try and take the Bills to that city

Bills in Niagara County?

Posted 90 days 17 hrs 55 mins ago
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Don't rule out Niagara Falls, N.Y., as a potential home of the Buffalo Bills.

Members of a newly formed stadium task force tell The Associated Press they're considering sites in Niagara County in determining the best options to secure the franchise's long-term viability in the region.

Who Does Buffalo Fan Alliance Want as New Bills Owner?

Posted 94 days 3 hrs 1 min ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Fan Alliance, a group that's been fighting against football blackouts, is also keeping tabs on the Bills ownership transfer process.

Bills Host Ralph Wilson Memorial

Posted 95 days 15 hrs 2 mins ago
Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) - The Buffalo Bills hosted a public memorial for Ralph Wilson in the team's fieldhouse on Saturday.


Mary Wilson Controlling Owner of Buffalo Bills, New Owner by Fall?

Posted 97 days 16 hrs 48 mins ago
Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) - The Buffalo Bills today announced that Mary Wilson, widow of Ralph Wilson Jr., is now the controlling owner.  Additionally, numerous sources report a new team owner could be known by fall.

First Bills Stadium Group Meeting

Posted 99 days 15 hrs 46 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The group charged with coming up with a plan for the Bills' future stadium held its first meeting Tuesday.

Trump On WBEN: Considers Joining A Buffalo Bills Buyer

Posted 99 days 21 hrs 18 mins ago
"People have actually talked to me about the Bills."   - Donald Trump

 Donald Trump tells WBEN he probably won't re-consider a governor's race, he will eye a 2016 White House bid, and has been asked to consider becoming part of a Bills ownership


Tailgate Tribute

Posted 101 days 15 hrs 28 mins ago
Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) Over a thousand Bills' fans turned out Sunday to pay tribute to the late Ralph Wilson in the best way they knew how, with a tailgate party.

Ralph Wilson: Remember This One?

Posted 101 days 23 hrs 44 mins ago
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - On the morning after the private funeral services for Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, we're reminded of what a passionate man he was about the game of football.  And, of course, a passionate man about the Buffalo Bills.   READ RALPH's MEMO INSIDE


Is Toronto Interested in the Bills?

Posted 104 days 3 hrs 54 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - When the Bills are finally sold, a Canadian report expects the bidders to include a group from Toronto.

Bills Announce New Stadium Working Group Members

Posted 104 days 20 hrs 39 mins ago
Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) - On Thursday, the Buffalo Bills announced the seven members selected by the organization to serve on the New Stadium Working Group.

WBEN Extra: The Bills In Trust

Posted 104 days 21 hrs 45 mins ago
So much of what happens to the Buffalo Bills after the death of owner Ralph Wilson, will be determined by terms of the trust that is believed to be owning and operating the team now.

What Now? Bills Stay Put For Now

Posted 105 days 7 hrs 12 mins ago
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) -- Ralph Wilson fulfilled his vow in keeping the Bills in Buffalo during his lifetime.

Though they won't be leaving any time soon following the 95-year-old Pro Football Hall of Fame owner's death, their long-term future is in question.


Whaley, Marrone Issue Statements on Wilson's Passing

Posted 105 days 19 hrs 19 mins ago
Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Bills have issued statements from both General Manager Doug Whaley and Head Coach Doug Marrone on the passing of owner Ralph Wilson.

VIDEO: Ralph Wilson's Induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Posted 105 days 23 hrs 27 mins ago
Ralph Wilson Jr.Watch Highlights of Wilson's 2009 Induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and see how the hall covered his death.

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HEAR Ralph Wilson in his own words
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Wilson's 1984 Remarks at the Buffalo Bills Silver Anniversary | Previewing Super Bowl XXVIII with Greg Brown  | Hear his 2009 Hall of Fame Induction Speech
Posted 106 days 2 hrs 38 mins ago
 Ralph Wilson Jr.Ralph Wilson Jr., the only owner the Buffalo Bills have ever had, has died at age 95.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: A Wilson Photo Album | His Life |  Now What for The Team ? | Remembrances

Bills President Russ Brandon  made the announcement at the league's winter meetings in Orlando on Tuesday. Wilson was 95.

Wilson died at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, said Mary Mazur, spokeswoman for the Wayne County medical examiner's office. "He had been receiving in-home hospice care." she said.  

Wilson had been in failing health for several years after having hip surgery in 2011. Though he spent much of his time at his home suburban Detroit, he was well enough to attend the Hall of Fame induction weekends over the past few years.

Wilson was the founder and sole owner of the Bills after establishing the team with the upstart American Football League in 1960. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2009.    READ MORE ON HIS LIFE HERE 

The Future of The Team

"I can't speculate what's going to happen in the future. But don't worry," Wilson said in 2008 only adding to the angst likely to build now after his death.  



Wilson, Voice of the Smaller Markets

Posted 106 days 6 hrs 41 mins ago
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - One of the biggest fears many Buffalo Bills fans have had through the years is that Buffalo is a "small market" and therefore has a difficult time supporting an NFL franchise.  Well that fear has been thrust to center stage following the passing of Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson.

WNY Reacts to the Passing of Ralph Wilson

Posted 106 days 16 hrs 24 mins ago
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Though 95 years old, the death of Buffalo Bills Founder and Owner Ralph Wilson Jr. sent shockwaves through the Western New York community.

PHOTOS: The Life of Ralph C. Wilson Jr.

Posted 106 days 16 hrs 50 mins ago

PFHOF/Paul Spinelli
Courier Express/Buffalo State College
 Through The Years 

Over 50  photos including his 2009 induction into the Hall of Fame &  his time as President of the AFL in 1966.

Duffy Tours the Ralph, Duff's to Sell Wings at the Ralph

Posted 106 days 19 hrs 23 mins ago
Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) Lt. Governor Bob Duffy is among the dignitaries getting a look at the renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Meanwhile, a new partnership has been forged with one the area's hottest wing eateries.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: The Life of Ralph C. Wilson Jr.

Posted 106 days 19 hrs 48 mins ago
Ralph Wilson Jr., the only owner the Buffalo Bills have ever had, has died at age 95.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: A Wilson Photo Album | His Life |  Now What for The Team ? | Remembrances

Bills President Russ Brandon  made the announcement at the league's winter meetings in Orlando on Tuesday. Wilson was 95.

Wilson died at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.,

What Happens to the Bills Now?

Posted 106 days 19 hrs 54 mins ago
Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) - With the passing of Ralph Wilson, many are wondering what will happen to the Buffalo Bills franchise. One financial expert says we don't know much because Wilson kept that private.

One thing we do know, says Glenn Wiggle of The Financial Guys, is that there is a trust in place.

"You can assume Mr. Wilson has everything set up very well as far as estate

Obituary: Ralph Wilson Dies at 95

Posted 107 days 2 hrs 43 mins ago
 Ralph Wilson Jr., the only owner the Buffalo Bills have ever had, has died at age 95.
Buffalo Bills President Russ Brandon has told NFL owners that Bills owner Ralph Wilson has died.

Erie County Names 7 Appointees to Bills Committee

Posted 125 days 18 hrs 49 mins ago
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP/WBEN) - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has named his seven appointees to a committee exploring the possibility of building a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

Poloncarz included himself among the appointees, as well as Deputy County Executive Richard Tobe. Also on the committee will be Erie County Commissioner of Environment and Planning Maria Whyte, former

Panel to Eye Potential New Site for NFL's Bills

Posted 148 days 16 hrs 44 mins ago
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has named the first five members of a panel tasked with looking into the potential for building a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

Renovation Work at the Ralph Underway

Posted 198 days 1 hr 49 mins ago
Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) While the Bills have played their final down of 2013 at Ralph Wilson Stadium, it won't be empty this winter and spring. Crews will be hard at work to get improvements for the stadium ready for next fall.
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