John Kryk of the Toronto Sun reports that former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano intends to bid on the Buffalo Bills when the team's sale advisors begin soliciting offers for the franchise, perhaps as soon as within the next 30 days.
Per Kryk, Golisano will either place his bid solo, or with one other person. In either case, he would be the lead bidder.
Golisano, who sold the Sabres to current owner Terry Pegula in 2011, was spotted dining with Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon earlier this month, along with Pegula's trusted managing partner with the Sabres, Larry Quinn. Even prior to that dinner, it had long been speculated that the 72-year old Golisano was seriously interested in buying the team.
After selling the Sabres in 2011, Golisano in 2012 unsuccessfully bid on the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were eventually sold to Guggenheim Baseball Management, a group including, among others, former NBA star Magic Johnson. Golisano, a Rochester native and the founder of Paychex, is worth a reported $1.9 billion.
Golisano joins a growing list of suitors that will reportedly - or have confirmed directly - that they will bid on the franchise. That list also includes Donald Trump and a Toronto-based group headlined by Jon Bon Jovi and Larry Tanenbaum.