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Thomas Golisano emerges as potential Bills buyer

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Without identifying a potential buyer, the Associated Press has reported that the Bills could be sold by July.  Without identifying a potential timetable for the transaction, the Buffalo News reports that the Bills could be sold to B. Thomas Golisano.

According to Robert J. McCarthy of the Buffalo News, Golisano dined on Thursday night with Bills CEO Russ Brandon.  Larry Quinn, who served as managing partner of the Buffalo Sabres when Golisano owned the local NHL franchise, also attended.

Golisano reportedly has expressed “serious interest” in buying the team.

While the formal bidding process hasn’t begun, potential purchasers surely had been planning for the possibility of pursuing the team.  It had been known for years that, upon the passing of owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. (who died in March at the age of 95), the team would be sold.

So while some potential buyers have been talking about how they may buy the team, others apparently have been laying the foundation to, you know, buy the team.

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  1. buffalowned says: May 4, 2014 12:56 PM

    As a Sabres fan, I am forever grateful for Tom Golisano saving our team. It would be pretty cool if he does it again with the Bills. He or Jeremy Jacobs would be the best case scenario.

  2. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: May 4, 2014 1:02 PM

    Golisano bought the Sabres without being a fan of hockey, he did it just to prevent them from leaving Buffalo. He did us a favor then.

    I would love it if he bought the Bills

    Just keep Quinn away

  3. jimbo75025 says: May 4, 2014 1:08 PM

    Whoever buys it I hope the Bills stay put. It just would not be the same NFL without the Bills.

  4. bbenz1975 says: May 4, 2014 1:11 PM

    Tom Golisani is a graduate of Irondequoit (Rochester, NY) and hit it big with his company Paychex Inc, also based out if Rochester, NY. Would love to see Tom go in with Danny Wegman (Wegmans Supermarket) and keep the team in Upstate NY. The fans deserve the team to stay in Buffalo.

  5. realnflmaster says: May 4, 2014 1:14 PM

    Waste of money.

  6. coreyn23 says: May 4, 2014 1:20 PM

    I wonder if a state could buy a team? Seems like a good investment and a good way to bring in Revenue.

  7. bayzel says: May 4, 2014 1:20 PM

    Golisano, Pegula, and Jacobs should all pitch in and buy the team together.

  8. crik911 says: May 4, 2014 1:32 PM

    coreyn23 says:
    May 4, 2014 1:20 PM
    I wonder if a state could buy a team? Seems like a good investment and a good way to bring in Revenue.

    -=-=-=

    Florio is it even possible for a state to take over control of the Bills?

    I think its a great idea just not sure if it can happen.

  9. ralphwilsonisrich says: May 4, 2014 1:39 PM

    Waste of money How? please explain.

  10. ariani1985 says: May 4, 2014 1:46 PM

    Could be worse bills fans. At least he is not trying to fleece you with fake stock options.

  11. barneyrumble says: May 4, 2014 1:46 PM

    The city of Baltimore was about to take control of the Colts through eminent domain and that is hat sparked the Old Man Irsay secret move in the middle of the night to Indianapolis with the Mayflower Semi trailer trucks. So it can be done, but I do no think the government can retain control, they would transfer ownership to someone in the private sector.

  12. barneyrumble says: May 4, 2014 1:47 PM

    hat=what

  13. pghkid724 says: May 4, 2014 2:02 PM

    Ive applied for a Payday loan… I’m the next owner !

  14. Obama's Ballsack says: May 4, 2014 2:03 PM

    I guess he likes investing in garbage teams.

  15. robuff716 says: May 4, 2014 2:05 PM

    No….not Larry Quinn again!!!!

  16. ralphwilsonisrich says: May 4, 2014 2:11 PM

    Garbage teams how, they make money.

  17. dchetz says: May 4, 2014 2:16 PM

    one think is for sure, if he buys they, he’ll change the uniforms a number of times, get the state to pay for as much as possible, bleed every dollar he can out of them, then sell them high, right before they crash… (probably to a guy who made a lot of money hydro-fracking)….. that seems to be his M.O.

  18. 4sacroc says: May 4, 2014 2:16 PM

    A great human being … he said FU to NY for tax reasons and gave it to charity in Collier County FL.

  19. shoeflypie says: May 4, 2014 2:31 PM

    Regarding government ownership – have you not noticed for at least the last 15 years that Social Security is on the verge of bankruptcy even though the funding was originally in place, even more. Then the government noticed that SS (insert Buffalo Bills) was making a profit. We can’t have that, so the surpluses was drained off to the general fund. Once that door was open, the fund was raided time after time.

    How does the government respond to the financial crisis in SS? They reduce payments (insert reduce salaries) and raise SS taxes (insert raise ticket prices). Do not let any government take role in ownership of the Bills or any other private enterprise. This is a warning. Governments are not designed to make Money. Rather they only spend it.

  20. sylvester000001 says: May 4, 2014 2:32 PM

    I hope Trump does buy the team, just to watch liberal anger over something stupid. Nah that never happens.

  21. jimmysee says: May 4, 2014 2:32 PM

    We want Donald Trump! He brings his own entertainment value.

  22. djshnooks says: May 4, 2014 2:33 PM

    Being from the Finger Lakes, I personally know Golisano AND Wegman. I grew up with step kids and grand kids of the families. They are great people.

    Danny Wegman does not have the time or money to afford the Bills. There is no doubt he would be interested in being a minority owner, but Golisano will want it all to himself. Which is not a bad thing.

    As for his tenure with the Sabres, at least his teams won, unlike Terry Pegula.

  23. djshnooks says: May 4, 2014 2:36 PM

    @bayzel…

    We’re talking about billionaires with gigantic egos…that will not happen, not would it ever work. Not a chance in hell.

    Golisano and Wegman would work because they live near each other on Canandaigua Lake, they are close friends…and they have partnered before.

  24. eojtrid says: May 4, 2014 2:39 PM

    I’m all for keeping the Bills where they belong and Buffalo is where they belong. Hope it works out you Bills fans, you deserve it.

  25. 3yardsndust says: May 4, 2014 2:54 PM

    Not a Bills fan, but I’m a fan of their loyal fans. They deserve a good team to cheer for.

  26. fabquarrymen says: May 4, 2014 2:59 PM

    Whoever does buy them, I hope they do keep them in Buffalo. I’ve been to games there and the fans are loyal and love their team no matter what happens. I just hope they can build a new stadium for that team. Not a fan of what they have now.

  27. uglydingo says: May 4, 2014 3:57 PM

    Instead of just being a fan and following a team it must be nice to go a step further and try to buy it on behalf of the citizens of Buffalo. It’s a bit of a “fix her up”, but what do expect for a little under $1 Billion. He might as well put his hat in the ring to buy the Clippers as well and become a basketball fan, too. It’s probably a little less expensive but has good potential after the previous slumlord.
    All of these billionaire sport lovers just want to dig deep to help the fans.

  28. PFT's Acclaimed Philosopher says: May 4, 2014 4:19 PM

    The next owner would be smart to move and Goodell would owe him a favor.

  29. seaeagle707 says: May 4, 2014 4:21 PM

    The baseball movie, “The Natural” was largely filmed in Buffalo. I always thought that the original Batman movies should have been filmed there, what with Buffalo’s iconic architecture. The mere fact that Bills fans, remained Bills fans after losing four Super Bowls is a story unto itself. If any city deserves to get a break in the right direction, its Buffalo. I hope that whoever buys the team, realizes the value of a devoted fan base, and keeps them in the only city which they should call home.

  30. lennymoorerules says: May 4, 2014 4:48 PM

    Whomever the NFL approves to buy the team, I just hope he keeps the franchise in Buffalo. Buffalo and western New York deserve it.

  31. billsfan1 says: May 4, 2014 5:11 PM

    I think it’s super cool how non Bills fans are showing us love. That’s called respect and I am thankful.. For what it’s worth, I would hate to see any teams move from current location

  32. kingnesta says: May 4, 2014 5:41 PM

    It would be nice for the Bills to find an owner from western New York. They can then build them a new stadium in a centralized location (Henrietta) so the team can be more accessible to fans in Rochester and Syracuse. Just my $.02! Oh I am not a fan of the Bills and I live in Delaware.

  33. mackcarrington says: May 4, 2014 5:48 PM

    I’m a Buffalo native and Bills fan who lives in Los Angeles. Although I occasionally come on here and clown you people about the Bills moving to L.A., I really wish they would remain in Buffalo. You’re going to have to bite the bullet and accept the fact that you’re going to eventually have to dig into your own pockets to keep the team there.

  34. pkava says: May 4, 2014 5:54 PM

    We want Trump. Can you imagine a Trump – Jerry Jones Superbowl!

  35. genericuser8888 says: May 4, 2014 6:07 PM

    In regards to the question a few of you asked above…

    “Is it possible for a state to buy a team?”

    – Yes. There was talk about the Saints leaving New Orleans after Katrina, and there was some discussion about the state buying the team from Mr. Benson in case he decided to take the team to another state. Now, that would have depended upon Mr. Benson being willing to sell the team, and it was unclear how such a process would work. Would state voters have a say? — But the idea was on the table.

    I’m glad those days are behind us, and to be honest, in Louisiana, the idea of the state buying the Saints would have passed with voters at some insane approval level. The popularity of LSU and the Saints has always been incredible here, both before and after Katrina.

  36. wisconsinhillfolk says: May 4, 2014 7:01 PM

    Never thought I’d live to see the day when more folks would be willing to pay $1 billion for the freaking Clippers than $500 million for an NFL team… even the Bills. Maybe someone will buy them and donate them to the Boys & Girls Club of America?

  37. r00tabaga says: May 4, 2014 7:55 PM

    Keep the Bills in Buffalo. Just sounds like the right thing to do. Those fans deserve it. Period.

    Btw, Golisano is a good choice. No to Trump.

  38. stonefish67 says: May 4, 2014 10:15 PM

    Keep them in W. New York.
    Although I am not Canadian, they help support the team as well.
    No to the State owning the team. Governments are too stupid to run anything correctly.

  39. zeke2517 says: May 4, 2014 11:13 PM

    No way! Not… B. Thomas Golisano?

    “Whoever buys it I hope the Bills stay put. It just would not be the same NFL without the Bills.”

    No, it will be exactly the same. Minus the stupid pants and the worst cheer in sports, of course, but other than exactly the same. But more profitable.

  40. chiadam says: May 4, 2014 11:18 PM

    He must be rich and important because his first name is an initial.

  41. billsfan25 says: May 4, 2014 11:43 PM

    To “mackcarrington says:May 4, 2014 5:48 PM”

    – “I’m a Buffalo native and Bills fan who lives in Los Angeles. Although I occasionally come on here and clown you people about the Bills moving to L.A., I really wish they would remain in Buffalo. You’re going to have to bite the bullet and accept the fact that you’re going to eventually have to dig into your own pockets to keep the team there.”

    You could be the least funny guy ever from Buffalo (city full of guys with great senses of humor) or LA (where the pros make their comedy living). As a matter of fact, I don’t believe you’re really from Buffalo. What self respecting WNYer would come on here to “clown you people about the Bills moving?” Ever?

  42. exboomer says: May 5, 2014 7:57 AM

    What everyone is ignoring is that Golisano has said several times in the past he would only buy the team as a last resort to keep them in Buffalo. I have my doubts unless he changed his mind for some reason, that he would buy them under any other circumstances.

  43. jeffreyshulenburg says: May 5, 2014 9:18 AM

    crik911 says:
    May 4, 2014 1:32 PM
    coreyn23 says:
    May 4, 2014 1:20 PM
    I wonder if a state could buy a team? Seems like a good investment and a good way to bring in Revenue.

    -=-=-=

    Florio is it even possible for a state to take over control of the Bills?

    I think its a great idea just not sure if it can happen.
    ___________________________________

    No. This isnt possible. The NFL requires a majority owner. It is also a non for profit which would make any team income in a grey area for the state.

  44. iloveagoodnap says: May 5, 2014 11:26 AM

    zeke2517 says: May 4, 2014 11:13 PM

    No way! Not… B. Thomas Golisano?

    “Whoever buys it I hope the Bills stay put. It just would not be the same NFL without the Bills.”

    No, it will be exactly the same. Minus the stupid pants and the worst cheer in sports, of course, but other than exactly the same. But more profitable
    ………………….
    Wow, you seem full of spite.

    Let me guess, Dolphins or Jets fan- you know 2 teams that, despite how bad the Bills are, you still lose to them at least once every year?

    You’re probably one of those annoying people who’s a fins fan from Erie, PA or something dumb like that. Get a life dude.

  45. iloveagoodnap says: May 5, 2014 11:27 AM

    exboomer says: May 5, 2014 7:57 AM

    What everyone is ignoring is that Golisano has said several times in the past he would only buy the team as a last resort to keep them in Buffalo. I have my doubts unless he changed his mind for some reason, that he would buy them under any other circumstances.
    ……………………..
    No, I don’t think anyone is ignoring that. Considering that LA and Toronto are thrown around every day, I would say Galisano having a serious interest is for the EXACT reason you describe above.

  46. jpaq68 says: May 5, 2014 12:36 PM

    The interests from Los Angeles who are dying to get their hands on an NFL franchise will outbid this guy within two minutes flat.

    That golddiger Mary Wilson is going to sell the team to whoever gives her the most cash – the citizens of Buffalo be damned.

    The new owners will talk a good game to keep attendance numbers up, but in the end it will all be a bunch of lies about their real intentions and and delays about any attempts to actually build a new stadium anywhere near Buffalo.

    Look on the bright side Bills fans – at least you will be able to “enjoy” the Bills until 2019.

  47. buffalojoe2 says: May 5, 2014 3:11 PM

    A government entity can no longer own an nfl franchise. The owners voted on this after the owner of Green Bay left the team to the city upon his death. No way it can legally happen

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