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Buffalo Bills lease, new stadium, and sale: the full story

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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Forbes: all Bills bids under $900 million

We now know how much each group bid on the Buffalo Bills.

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Final Bills bids due in roughly two weeks

Per two separate reports, final, binding bids for the Buffalo Bills could be submitted before or near Labor Day weekend, with a target date for a new owner set for October.

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Kelly, Bon Jovi won't be joining forces

For 24 hours, Bills fans were forced to contemplate the idea that Jim Kelly and Jon Bon Jovi might join forces to buy the team. That won't be happening, however, according to the latest report from Tim Graham.

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Jim Kelly linked to both Bon Jovi, Golisano

Jim Kelly has now been linked to multiple groups bidding on the Buffalo Bills.

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More reports cast doubt on Toronto group's bid

John Kryk, John Wawrow, Tim Graham, and the Buffalo Fan Alliance added to a recent string of reports that don't spell good news for the Jon Bon Jovi group's Bills bid.

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Bon Jovi to meet with Bills trust this week

Jon Bon Jovi and his Toronto-based backing will be meeting with the trust controlling the Buffalo Bills this week regarding the sale of the team.

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Video: Tim Graham (Buffalo News) on Bills sale

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News was this week's guest on Buffalo Rumblings Live, discussing the sale of the Bills and how to handle Twitter trolls.

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Forbes: All offers for Bills below $1 billion

The same guy that called the sale a "circus" last week has some more harsh words for Morgan Stanley. The interesting piece for us, if true, is that all the initial bids were "well below" $1 billion.

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Golisano submits bid; more hurdles for Bon Jovi

We have a fourth confirmed bidder on the Buffalo Bills: former Sabres owner Tom Golisano. As many as four other undisclosed bidders are involved... maybe.

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Kelly aligns with mystery bidder, per report

As news on the sale of the Bills starts to pick up significant steam, Jim Kelly is back in the race - and he has aligned himself with one of the candidates, per Tim Graham.

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Report: several unconfirmed bidders for Bills

The Bills are starting to give franchise ownership bidders one-on-one meetings with the trust running the team. Donald Trump went first on Wednesday, and as many as seven more names will hear presentations, as well, per The Buffalo News.

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NFL owners telling Bon Jovi to bail on Bills

"Some of Bon Jovi's influential NFL friends -- he has close relationships with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones -- have advised him bail on his attempted purchase to save face."

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Bon Jovi group asked to re-submit bid, per report

The trust selling the Bills is looking for more money and stronger assurances about keeping the team in Buffalo from a bid group led by Jon Bon Jovi.

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Have Bon Jovi, Trump violated Bills' NDA?

Two of three Bills bidders have discussed their pursuit of the team publicly, and it's possible that both of them are in violation of the team's non-disclosure agreement.

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Bon Jovi pens open letter to Bills fans

Buffalo is the most anti-Jon Bon Jovi place on the planet at the moment, and the potential new owner of the Bills is trying to change that with his first public comments about his pursuit of the franchise.

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Pegula, Trump advance as bid deadline extends

Morgan Stanley is still accepting initial bids on the Buffalo Bills, but they're also informing early bidders that they've moved on to the next round.

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Report: ownership bids not as high as believed

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News is reporting that earlier reports of initial bids reaching as high as 1.3 billion dollars are, in fact, false.

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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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Forbes: Bills worth $870 million

The Buffalo Bills are currently for sale, and Forbes magazine ranks them as the 47th-most valuable franchise in pro sports, worth $870 million.

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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: Bon Jovi won't move the Bills

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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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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Bon Jovi wants in on the NFL

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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Bills name seven to New Stadium Working Group

Several prominent members of the Buffalo Bills front office, as well as US Senator Charles Schumer, will be part of a committee working on the possibility of a new stadium in Western New York.

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Clarifying the RWS lease relocation fee

A $400 million relocation fee for the current Ralph Wilson Stadium lease still exists, but only as a last resort in the unlikely event that a new owner wins a court battle to break that lease and move the franchise.

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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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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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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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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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