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Report: Golisano will bid on Bills

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At a time when a guy with a very recognizable name keeps talking publicly about making a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills, a lesser-known billionaire is talking privately about the prospect.  To the people in position to sell him the team.

According to the Associated Press, former Buffalo Sabres owner Thomas Golisano has met with team officials and public leaders, informing them directly of his interest in buying the franchise from the family of the late Ralph Wilson, Jr.

Per the report, Golisano’s plan includes building a new stadium 10 minutes from Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the Bills currently play their home games.

Golisano, 72, reportedly is worth $2 billion.  His name first emerged earlier this month as a serious candidate to buy the team.  He reportedly spent $93 million of his own money in three separate unsuccessful runs for New York governor as an independent.

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38 Responses to “Report: Golisano will bid on Bills”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 28, 2014 5:47 PM

    The way the owners are dying off lately makes you wonder why a guy would want to buy a team. Especially at 72 years of age.

  2. peopletrains says: May 28, 2014 5:51 PM


  3. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: May 28, 2014 5:52 PM

    Oooh, anybodz but the Trump! – says the left as the frantically post this article after saving the next post about pretending to be offended by the name Redskins

  4. corkspop says: May 28, 2014 5:57 PM

    Should be interesting. Hope the Wilson family finds a suitable offer from someone dedicated to keeping the team in Buffalo.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: May 28, 2014 5:59 PM

    Thomas “Tommy Gun” Golisano is a lesser known billionaire. He would like to keep it that way. Capice?

  6. magicmtndan says: May 28, 2014 6:01 PM

    I don’t care who buys them as along as the new ownership group KEEPS the team IN BUFFALO.

  7. kgun80 says: May 28, 2014 6:05 PM

    Good.. He’s a Western NY guy. If he’s buying the team he’ll have a group he’s got the $ but I don’t see him buying it by himself like he did the Sabres.
    And it’s not the left who don’t want Trump it’s the NFL. He’s a shameless self promoter. Not to mention he doesn’t have the $ like everything else with the name Trump on it .. It’s owned by the banks or other investors. It’s all free publicity for him he has no real interest in buying the team.

  8. edwinmoses says: May 28, 2014 6:12 PM

    For those who don’t kno, this is the same man that bought (and saved) the buffalo sabres a few years back.

  9. wallabear says: May 28, 2014 6:18 PM

    Just because you’re a Billionaire does not mean that you should own a professional sports team. NFL, please take note of “the controversy” currently stirring in the NBA and do comprehensive background checks on all candidates for ownership in your league, i.e., ascertaining if they have “family ties” (yes, “those” such family ties), and/or whether or not said candidates “can hold their liquor” (read: Jim Irsay) etc.

  10. 315judman says: May 28, 2014 6:40 PM

    I’ve seen a number more like $3.1 billion.

  11. bonerchamp says: May 28, 2014 6:42 PM

    Having EJ as your starting QB knocks the price down at least a 200 mil.

  12. denver1983 says: May 28, 2014 6:43 PM

    Well since the Denver Broncos run the NFL they might as well buy the Bills too

  13. 27ringsandcounting says: May 28, 2014 7:01 PM

    You forgot to mention his partner who he will be buying the team with already owns the land where he will build the stadium. If he wins the bid it will be killing two birds with one stone.

  14. billsin20xx says: May 28, 2014 7:08 PM

    Wondering if this would be good or bad news. He really didn’t do a good job as the Sabre’s owner, just propped them up until he sold them for millions of profit. Hopefully he would be in this for the long term and want to win a championship!!!

  15. iloveagoodnap says: May 28, 2014 7:13 PM

    2 billion is enough to buy the team. Definitely not enough to build a new stadium.

  16. scw1993 says: May 28, 2014 7:17 PM

    If the bills would make an effort to field a good team, maybe someone would want to keep them in Buffalo, but they’re just another NE-obsessed team.

  17. irishgary says: May 28, 2014 7:20 PM

    Spends 93 million and doesn’t get elected and will probably insist the good people of buffalo come up with the bulk of the money for a new stadium

  18. iceburgskin202 says: May 28, 2014 7:28 PM

    I hope whoever buys the team they keep them in Buffalo!! I don’t wanna hear a word of a Canadian franchise when that city in SoCal doesn’t have a team.

  19. ErinAndrewsStopCallingMe says: May 28, 2014 7:40 PM

    You had me at “Independent.” Sell this guy the team.

  20. ravenswhat says: May 28, 2014 7:45 PM

    Spent 93 mill in a vanity run for local gov and lost. Yep, sounds like Bills material to this guy.

  21. djshnooks says: May 28, 2014 7:56 PM

    He didn’t do a good job with the Sabres???

    They had some of their best years in franchise history, with Golisano as owner.

    Sure he could have spent some more money on players…but we have seen Pegula fail at that with Leino and others.

    And as for Drury and Briere, neither were the same player once they left Buffalo. Signing them to big-money, long-term contracts, would have set them back further than they even are right now.

    This man loves this state. He loves Buffalo. His full-time home is in the Finger Lakes, and he has another in the Rochester area.

    This is the perfect owner for the Bills.

  22. djshnooks says: May 28, 2014 7:58 PM

    Ps. For what it’s worth, I don’t wanna hear about a Canadian team either.

    But, “that city in SoCal,” had a team…they actually had TWO, and failed to keep them. So, they are the last city that “deserves” to have a team given to them. Bottom line.

  23. mackcarrington says: May 28, 2014 8:11 PM

    He has enough money to buy the Bills, the land for the stadium, and can build the stadium with his own money. The county and state will want to pony up some cash too, so they will have an interest in the stadium. Bills fans are checking their wallets right now.

  24. iamdinguskhan says: May 28, 2014 8:19 PM

    Dude looks like Manziel at 72

  25. iangas33 says: May 28, 2014 8:25 PM

    So let me get this straight….this guy ran as an independent but ended up spending 93 mill of his own money?!?
    What if I just want one million dollars?
    I know I’d put it to better use than running as a damn independent. At least lie like every other politician does to get into office

  26. ravensbob says: May 28, 2014 8:41 PM

    Better build a stadium…..just saying….

  27. drs76109 says: May 28, 2014 8:43 PM

    Golisano was not an independent and did not run an independent campaign. He ran under the Independence Party line.

  28. Robert says: May 28, 2014 9:17 PM

    Brooklyn Bills 2016.

  29. gmen32 says: May 28, 2014 9:23 PM

    Sounds good to me. I’ll support any owner that will keep the Bills in Buffalo and out of Toronto. It would be a huge mistake for the NFL to allow the Bills to move to Toronto. Not a good city in supporting it’s franchises with the exception of the Leafs. The only winning franchise, the CFL’s Argonauts are ignored. It is the National Football League, not the NFL + 1.

  30. jpaq68 says: May 28, 2014 10:27 PM

    If the four “trustees” (from Detroit Michigan, mind you) can walk away with an additional $20 million each just for selling the team to the deep pocketed folks from Los Angeles, don’t you think they would do so?

  31. billsfan1 says: May 28, 2014 11:54 PM

    Screw you Bon Jovi

  32. jpcrunk says: May 29, 2014 1:59 AM

    From Pittsburgh and love Buffalo and respect the Bills. Hope they stay !!

  33. joetoronto says: May 29, 2014 4:05 AM

    He doesn’t have anywhere near enough money, you guys are dreaming.

    In 6 years, the moving vans will be crossing the border to Toronto.

  34. gadzod says: May 29, 2014 5:18 AM

    People that say Golisano was a bad owner or is a cheapskate have absolutely no clue. First, a lot of NHL teams lose money for the year if they are not a NYC, LA, or Chicago and spend to the cap. The NHL doesn’t make the revenues that the NFL makes, especially on TV deals. If he signed those players to the cap, he would be in the red for the years ahead. He never bought the team to be the future owner of the Sabres for years to come. He bought them to save the team from leaving, and then selling it to someone that wants to keep the team, while making a prifit. He doesn’t have to worry about that in Buffalo. The revenue sharing and TV deals guarantees every team in the NFL will be making a profit, obviously some more than others. He won’t have to be as frugal in the NFL as he did in the NHL.

  35. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: May 29, 2014 8:55 AM

    No mention in the article on how this man saved the other Buffalo franchise from moving?

  36. kwickett85 says: May 29, 2014 9:33 AM

    Love the Bills but man it’s getting annoying to constantly hear who’s interested in them or where they could put a new stadium every day on the local news. Golisano wants a new stadium in West Seneca, but there’s no room in that spot for both a stadium and parking. You’d have to move both Tops and Kmart and then widen the surrounding roads to deal with the traffic.

  37. EJ says: May 29, 2014 10:06 AM

    The great thing about Tom Golisano… He loves the City of Buffalo and wouldn’t let the team leave, no matter how green the pastures are on the other side.
    He grew up in West Irondequoit, NY and is one of the few that understands how important the market of Monroe County and the City of Rochester is toward the success of the team. 1/4 of the fans that travel to Ralph Wilson Stadium every Sunday are from Rochester… It would be absolutely awesome to have him as our next owner.

  38. jpaq68 says: May 29, 2014 3:55 PM

    Newsfash delusional Bills fans: Golisano hasn’t bought the team yet! Stop acting like he has.

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