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Old 06.08.2014, 10:01 PM
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Pegula should be a 'safe' option. He owns the Buffalo Sabres (NHL), Buffalo Bandits (NLL), and Rochester Americans (AHL). So he's got sports teams located in Western New York, and so it should keep the Bills future in Buffalo.

As a fan of a team that's been rumoured as a future relocation team when Jerry sells up/dies, I'd hate to see the league lose the Bills. I hate the relocation aspect. So hopefully Pegula wins and keeps the Bills in Buffalo.

I don't see much truth in Bon Jovi's words, and he doesn't say he wouldn't move the team. Though Trump could be a wildcard. He's likely to keep the team in Buffalo and he wouldn't want to be tied to a losing franchise, so you'd have to assume he'd be ambitious and try to get them back to championship contention.
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Old 07.08.2014, 09:55 AM
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This has all been an interesting insight into the workings of the NFL, but some of the arguments seem a bit creepy...
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"For Bon Jovi, it’s the latest negative twist for a guy quietly regarded in league circles as destined to own a team. (He may be, but it probably won’t be the Bills.)" (PFT)
Destined? The chosen one? It does take skill to persuade 24 out of 31 league owners to accept your bid (that's what's required). But if they already like you, it's hardly some magic "destiny".

Other articles were just poorly thought-through. Dan Levy does seem to know a lot of Bon Jovi songs, if that's a substitute.
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With all due respect to the fine city of Buffalo, the Bills have not won a playoff game since December 30, 1995, and the fans have the temerity to place demands on new ownership groups, while maintaining this Crazy Love for the former owner. (BR)
Probably didn't think too hard about the logic of that. Maybe just aiming to be provocative. (Go easy on him, there must've been a harsh deadline or something.)


There's tons of info in these articles about how a wide-eyed hopeful billionaire can achieve his/her destiny and become an NFL owner as a hobby:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...-nfl-franchise (from last year)
http://www.buffalorumblings.com/bill...e-ralph-wilson (more Bills-relevant)

Buffalo was one of the least expensive franchises to buy – it cost just 25,000 dollars. Granted, that was in 1959. But getting the Chicago Bears for $100 might be the bargain of the century...
BleacherReport/Fair

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Old 09.08.2014, 10:23 PM
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OMG, here comes Tom Golisano

http://www.buffalorumblings.com/buff...s-sale-process

(Who's Tom Golisano?)

I can't wait for football to start.

(Actually I've been following the CFL, which has started. And if Bon Jovi had his way, you would all be speaking Canadian by now. )

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Old 11.08.2014, 07:52 PM
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Two more Canadian bidders to add to the Toronto group (Bon Jovi/Tanenbaum/Rogers): John Bitove, ex-owner of the Toronto Raptors (NBA), and, separately, Francesco Aquilini, chairman of the Vancouver Canucks (NHL). We know they're in the running, because the Bills asked them to sign agreements that they wouldn't publicly announce they were running. Also, the Chicago hotel magnates the Pritzker family, who sound unbearable.
Seriously, when will preseason be over?
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Old 17.08.2014, 01:03 AM
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This just in: speculation is pointless
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"...an unanticipated buyer might emerge. That wouldn't surprise Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, a season ticket holder.

'As I remind a lot of people locally, the NFL generally doesn't like individuals who are out there trying to promote themselves in a purchase process,' says Poloncarz, whose county owns Ralph Wilson Stadium. 'They seem to prefer owners that kind of quietly are behind the scenes. ... So it won't shock me if the sale of the team ended up going up to someone who publicly had not been identified.'"
It might've been mentioned already, but the Bills' lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium could be brokenif the owner won a court case and paid $400m compensation to Erie County, or between the 2019 and 2020 seasons they'd still have to win in court, but the amount would be 'only' $28m because of a clause in the contract.

Otherwise, the current lease runs through the 2022 season: until July 30, 2023 to be exact. And Ralph Wilson specifically asked for a new owner who would not move the team, so it would be a real shock if an owner did such a huge U-turn like that. And unpopular, in Buffalo and elsewhere I'd hope. (Who wants to play the "Bills", if the team name isn't a pun?!)

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Old 06.09.2014, 01:04 AM
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Reports this week say we're down to three bidding groups – the Pegulas, the Toronto group, and Donald Trump – with Tom Golisano not bidding.

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"Binding bids for the Buffalo Bills are due this week and the purchase of the NFL team is essentially down to two bidders – the Toronto Group, led by Jon Bon Jovi and including Larry Tenenbaum and the Rogers family, and Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula.

"Yes, Donald Trump is also expected to submit a binding bid, but his offer so far is way below the other two groups. And besides, given his involvement with the U.S. Football League and casinos, many people do not believe Trump would be approved by the three-quarters of NFL owners required."
I wonder if the Toronto bid could also be stymied, either by Ralph Wilson's estate, or by some NFL owners not giving their approval. As that Forbes article says, with the Bills bound for Toronto, they'd probably still have to play 6 more seasons in Buffalo with fans mutinying. Or even protesting and bringing bad publicity.
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Reading all this it is 50:50 on whether they would move now and it looks more than likely in like a 75:25 split they would move around 2020.

So if it did come to fruition and they moved the Bills to Toronto & renamed them the Toronto Bills or even the Toronto Canadians/Tomahawks, would you still support them after previously being a Buffalo Bills fan?

Would you?
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Old 09.09.2014, 09:31 PM
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Reading all this it is 50:50 on whether they would move now and it looks more than likely in like a 75:25 split they would move around 2020.

So if it did come to fruition and they moved the Bills to Toronto & renamed them the Toronto Bills or even the Toronto Canadians/Tomahawks, would you still support them after previously being a Buffalo Bills fan?

Would you?
On today's news this question should be academic
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Old 10.09.2014, 01:23 PM
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Yeah, they were unlikely to pick the Toronto group, but you can never guarantee against crazy decisions.

So, that should be that: Pegula will become the Bills' new owner. And to show his solidarity with the team, who expected a $900m bid, he'll be buying it for 1.4 BILL-ion Oh jeez.

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"The price eclipses the previous high of $1.1 billion set in 2009, when Stephen Ross completed his purchase of the Miami Dolphins in a deal that also included the team’s stadium."

Eurobob sums up my feelings too:

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Great news. I wouldn't care if Jacksonville or St Louis or Oakland lost a team to somewhere else particularly, but losing a team in Buffalo would have bothered me. It's the kind of town where the team is everything, even if it is not a great team. Smaller, down on their luck towns should be a part of the NFL as well as the big metropolitan powerhouses - that's part of the appeal.
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The difference between Pegula compared to how things would look with Trump or less so with the Bon Jovi lead group is night and day. The huge ego ,publicity driven owners aren't the ones that get the rings. 10/10 outcome.
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