COMPLETE COVERAGE: Where Will the Team Be & Who Will Own It
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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.
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PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - A person familiar with the Buffalo Bills sale timetable tells The Associated Press that the process is entering the final stage with prospective buyers asked to submit formal bids in two weeks.
Toronto, ON (WBEN) The Toronto group led by Jon Bon Jovi and Rogers Communications met with Morgan Stanley for their management presentation meeting. Reports say the meeting was routine and "drama-free."
(WBEN/AP) When rock star Jon Bon Jovi sent an open letter to fans about his intent to keep the Bills in Buffalo, he may have gone awry of non disclosure rules that surround the sale of the team. Real Estate Mogul Donald Trump may have also done so with recent remarks, The Buffalo News says.
CANTON, Ohio (WBEN/AP) -- Jon Bon Jovi is hoping he's written a hit with Buffalo Bills fans in a bid to stem concerns of whether his prospective ownership group plans to buy and potentially relocate the franchise to Toronto.
Donald Trump remains in the running to buy the Buffalo Bills. And so are NHL Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula,. A Toronto group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi was expected to submit a bid. It's not known if that group has been selected to advance.
(WBEN/AP) One day after initial non-binding bids for the Buffalo Bills were due, there are reports that Sabres Owner Terry Pegula entered one for over $1 billion on a team that the late Ralph WIlson paid only $25,000 for in 1959.
Buffalo, NY (AP) Representatives of the Bon Jovi group who have been exploring potential stadium sites scheduled a meeting with upstate New York developer Scott Congel, a person familiar with the meeting told the AP on Tuesday.
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The bid by Jon Bon Jovi to buy the Buffalo Bills has spawned rumors he would join Toronto investors in moving the team north. That has sparked a boycott of Bon Jovi's music, and that has been getting more attention.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A prospective ownership group that includes Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the Bills and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation says
Pittsford, NY (WBEN) - While some recent figures have placed the value of the Buffalo Bills below $1 Billion, conventional wisdom has said a new owner would likely spend big to become the owner of an NFL franchise.
Even as big-money investors try to pin down a sale price on the Buffalo Bills, one national publication has a concrete number.- and suggests that a Toronto based buyer could even make of a go of it with a purchase of the team for $1.2 billion.
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.
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.
(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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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
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
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.
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.