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Buffalo Bills sale, stadium lease, New Stadium Working Group updates

Now a year into a 10-year lease for Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Buffalo Bills are renovating their current venue while a New Stadium Working Group looks into building a new one. Oh, and in the meantime, the team is now for sale. We're keeping track of everything here.

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Pegula, Trump among reported Bills bidders

The first round of bids on the Buffalo Bills are in, and if a New York Post report is accurate, Sabres owner Terry Pegula is already offering in excess of $1 billion.

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Bon Jovi group looking into Toronto stadium sites

A report tying Toronto stadium studies to the Jon Bon Jovi-led Buffalo Bills ownership group was quickly refuted on Thursday, but was the damage already done?

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Confirmed: Bon Jovi heads Toronto group

It's confirmed, friends: Jon Bon Jovi figureheads a well-funded group out of Toronto that has submitted paperwork in their pursuit of the Buffalo Bills.

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Congel confirms interest in buying Bills

Scott Congel may not end up working with Tom Golisano on a Bills bid, but even if he doesn't, he's still going to pursue ownership of the team.

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Report: Bills stadium report out this month

A New York State funded study on potential new stadium options for the Buffalo Bills will be released by the end of July, right around the time that the team's sale process is kicking into a higher gear.

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Latest owner candidate seeks alliance with Kelly

We can add another name to the list of people interested in bidding on the Buffalo Bills, and this one is reportedly very interested in joining forces with a certain Hall of Fame quarterback.

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Jaws on Bon Jovi and Toronto; no more Rogers?

Ron Jaworski can't fathom where the idea of Jon Bon Jovi buying the Bills and moving them to Toronto came from, while an even bigger threat to move the Bills to Toronto is reportedly no longer interested in bidding.

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The Bills are officially for sale

Prospective buyers of the Bills are reportedly being sent non-disclosure agreements and introductory sale information, meaning that bids can very soon be placed.

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Report: Pegula to bid on Bills

Pegula, owner of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres for three years, recently made a business deal that should provide him the liquid assets necessary to make a very serious run if he's interested.

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Reports: Golisano may have a stadium plan

Congel, a developer, could provide real estate and planning needed to erect a new stadium within a 10-minute drive from Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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Report: Golisano to bid on Bills

The 72-year old former Sabres owner, worth a reported $1.9 billion, has publicly stated before that he'd keep the team in Buffalo.

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Bills announce hiring of team sale advisors

The Buffalo Bills now have financial and legal council to advise them in the sale of the franchise - the process of which should begin within the next 30 days.

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Bills a hot topic at NFL owners' meetings

The sale of the Buffalo Bills and whether or not they'll need a new stadium were hot topics at the NFL owners' meetings in Atlanta, less than two months after the passing of team founder Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

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Milstein won't be the next Bills owner

A well-financed potential buyer of the team, who was planning to keep them local, has pulled out of bidding on the Buffalo Bills.

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Details of Wilson's trust beginning to emerge

It will be four people who ultimately decide who the second owner in Buffalo Bills history will be.

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Report: Bills could be sold as soon as July

This is the second major report indicating that the Buffalo Bills could have a league-approved owner in place within five months. Buckle up.

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Reports: Howard Milstein interested in Bills

Milstein, worth an estimated $3.8 billion, is the chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority, a successful real estate developer with land holdings in Niagara Falls, and a former co-owner of the New York Islanders.

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Clarifying more Bills relocation talk

There's a story out there that the Bills can't be sold to an owner that wants to move the team. Before your party bus reaches top speed, pump the brakes.

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Kelly to pursue Bills ownership

One of the most popular men in Buffalo is throwing his hat in the potential ownership ring despite a recurrence of cancer.

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Recapping Thursday's Bills sale story lines

Jon Bon Jovi and a slew of predictable puns were back in the Buffalo Bills news cycle on Thursday. Get caught up on the latest on the sale of the Bills here.

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Report: stadium group looking at Niagara Falls, UB

The Buffalo Bills' New Stadium Working Group is keeping its options as open as possible as they investigate ways to build a new stadium and keep the team in Western New York.

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Report: Jacobs family, Trump interested in Bills

Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and his family are reportedly interested in purchasing the Buffalo Bills - as is Donald Trump, and potentially Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, as well.

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Five appointed to group exploring new stadium

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed five people to a New Stadium Working Group, which will explore options for a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

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Discuss: five sites for new Bills stadium

Four new sites are being discussed by local leaders as potential replacements for Orchard Park as the home of the Buffalo Bills according to a report from local television station WGRZ.

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New stadium lease makes financial sense

The new lease agreement for Ralph Wilson Stadium makes financial sense not just for New York State, but for Erie County and the Buffalo Bills, as well.

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What's being upgraded at RWS?

More details have emerged about upcoming renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium. The $130 million price tag is much lower than expected. What will it buy?

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Links: new stadium lease

Collected links from around the internet about the Buffalo Bills' new stadium lease.

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Bills/NYS/county exploring new stadium, too

On top of a new 10-year stadium lease, the Buffalo Bills, New York State and Erie County announced the formation of a group - with representatives from each party - and a fund dedicated to exploring a new stadium for the team.

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Relocation still possible, despite $400M fee

The new stadium lease that the Buffalo Bills signed with New York State and Erie County does nothing to change the threat of relocation.

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Bills, NYS announce new 10-year lease agreement

The Buffalo Bills, Erie County and New York State have agreed to a 10-year lease agreement for Ralph Wilson Stadium that reportedly includes $130 million in renovations and a $400 million relocation penalty.

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Short-term stadium lease off the table

In what can be seen as an encouraging sign, the Buffalo Bills and state and local government officials have resumed working towards a long-term lease for Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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New RWS lease imminent?

A local newspaper is reporting that a deal between Erie County, New York State and the Buffalo Bills may come within the next 7-10 days.

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Bills lease: "excellent dialogue" with state

Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon was asked if there were any new developments with regards to getting a new stadium lease. Speaking on WGR 550 in Buffalo, Brandon expressed optimism and spoke about a dialogue with state representatives.

"It has been positive," said Brandon Wednesday morning. "We’ve have great dialogue with the governor and lieutenant governor [Bob] Duffy, who I’ve known for close to 20 years when he was the police chief of Rochester and then the mayor. We’ve had some excellent dialogue and I anticipate the pace will quicken over the next few months and look forward to sitting down and starting the discussions and resetting the calendar."

Absent from Brandon's comments were any mention of Erie County or their leadership. He expects the three sides to get together soon.

"I feel very good about where the future of this is going to take us."

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Bills stadium lease talks have stalled

The Buffalo Bills and the governments of Erie County and New York State are at a standstill. They haven't sat down for negotiations since June, forcing a likely one-year lease extension to reset the clock on a long-term deal.

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Bills, county push back stadium lease talks

The Buffalo Bills and Erie County originally hoped to have a new stadium lease agreement in place by training camp; that deadline has now been pushed back to year's end.

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Erie County wants RWS buyout clause

Erie County is said to be looking for a buyout clause in a new lease for Ralph Wilson Stadium that could exceed $100 million if the Buffalo Bills relocate to another city under current or future ownership.

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NFL reportedly likes Bills in WNY region

Another report has surfaced which takes the Buffalo Bills out of the running for Los Angeles. More intriguingly, it offers insight into how the league views the team's viability in Western New York.

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RWS funding from Bills, NFL?

Taxpayers in New York State may not have to foot the entire bill for potential renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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Training camp still stadium lease goal

The Buffalo Bills and Erie County are making progress toward a preliminary agreement to extend the lease on Ralph Wilson Stadium and provide $200-plus million for renovations, per The Associated Press.

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Bills stadium upgrades could cost $200M

Sources expect the cost of Ralph Wilson Stadium renovations to top $200 million, according to a report from The Buffalo News.

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Poll: RWS renovations or new stadium?

Would Buffalo Bills fans like to see Ralph Wilson Stadium updated via renovations, or replaced altogether with a new downtown venue?

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Bills, county want stadium lease by training camp

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he expects a new lease with the Buffalo Bills for Ralph Wilson Stadium by training camp.

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