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Report: Initial Bills bid tops $1 billion

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On Tuesday, the deadline came and went for making a non-binding indication of interest in buying the Bills.  And one of the potential buyers who expressed interest reportedly is willing to pay a lot of money for the privilege of doing so.

According to Josh Kosman and Lois Weiss of the New York Post, Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula already has offered more than $1 billion for the franchise.  If that’s the opener from just one of the interested buyers, the sale is destined to eclipse the record $1.1 billion paid by Stephen Ross to purchase the Dolphins.

In June, Pegula raised $1.75 billion in cash via the sale of 75,000 acres of natural gas leases in West Virginia and Ohio.

Via WGRZ-TV, other initial bids were submitted by Donald Trump and Jon Bon Jovi’s Toronto-based group.  Via the Buffalo News, Business First reporter James Fink said on WBEN radio that former Sabres owner Tom Golisano reportedly did not make an offer.

Trump, who has talked about buying the Bills in the same way he has talked about running for President, recently told FOX News that he doesn’t expect to actually win the bidding.

“I would say the chances are very, very unlikely,” Trump said.  “Because I’m not going to do something totally stupid — maybe just a little bit stupid, but not totally stupid.”

The making of a 10-figure bid by Pegula should help ensure that the team will go to someone who would keep the franchise in Buffalo.  Unless, of course, Bon Jovi and company make a Steve Ballmer-style bid, putting $2 billion or more on the table for the team.

If that’s the case, Andre Reed’s “F–k Bon Jovi!” message could be revised by the folks selling the team to say, “F–k!  Bon Jovi!”

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79 Responses to “Report: Initial Bills bid tops $1 billion”
  1. tolan04 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:29 AM

    Pegula needs to be the owner if the bills have any hope in staying in buffalo long term

  2. MichaelEdits says: Jul 30, 2014 9:31 AM

    Donald Stirling can afford to pay more than that.

  3. joetoronto says: Jul 30, 2014 9:33 AM

    Paying big bucks like that only makes business sense if the team is moving.

    You have to have a big market to make the team worth the money you paid for it and Buffalo is a small town with no future at all.

    Hello, Toronto.

  4. george1859 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:33 AM

    Terry Pegula can buy and sell, and buy and sell Donald Trumps net worth on a daily basis, and Trump clearly knows it.

    In fact, he can reach into his pocket and out purchase anyone, and on his own.

  5. wideright91 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:35 AM

    Long live THE BUFFALO BILLS!

  6. uglydingo says: Jul 30, 2014 9:38 AM

    Drive around the block a few times. If this is just about maximizing the amount paid to Mrs Wilson and the Estate, maybe Donald Sterling and the Kardashians could enter into the race with Pegula, Bon Jovi and Donald Trump.

  7. gloryfromheaven46 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:38 AM

    One of these days I wanna see a owner who’s selling the team and go “one million dollars” while holding their pinky up to their mouth with a smirk…

  8. jagsfan2012 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:39 AM

    Good, I hope he gets the team. However, Buffalo needs to be prepared to build a new stadium in the near future. The Bills belong in Buffalo.

  9. greenwhodat26 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:39 AM

    It would be a travesty if the Bills left Buffalo.

    – Saints fan

  10. harvestern says: Jul 30, 2014 9:47 AM

    It’s unlikely the Toronto group wins this now. You’re talking at least 1.5-2 Billion to get the winning bid, plus another billion for a stadium in Toronto, not to mention relocation penalties and lease buyouts witch could put the total price for the Toronto group at around 3-4 billion. Bon Jovi hasn’t sold that many records.

  11. 6ball says: Jul 30, 2014 9:49 AM

    .
    Again I ask, does Andre Reed have a dog in this fight? Is he a paid spokesman for any of the interested parties?
    .

  12. gadzod says: Jul 30, 2014 9:49 AM

    Bon Jovi and the Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment company doesn’t have the money Pegula has. MLSE has an estimated worth of $2.25B. Bon Jovi has a net worth of $300-500M. That is NET WORTH, not liquid assets. Pegula just liquidated $1.75B by leasing land as the article stated. He has that liquid asset, as well as a $3.3B net worth. The fact that the Toronto group has to pay anywhere between $1.1B and $2B to own the team, they couldn’t move it. They would have to pay the $400M penalty, another relocation fee, and they would need a stadium that would be anywhere between $800M-$1.5B. They don’t have that kind of cash.

    The fact that the city of Toronto refused to help build an Argonauts stadium doesn’t help them either. They didn’t support the team when they had exhibition and regular season games there. Pegula can afford both the team and foot a lot of the stadium costs. It would be a step in the wrong direction in his efforts the revitalize the city of Buffalo. That, in turn could decrease the value of the Sabres as well.

    Finally, it’s well rumored his wife desperately wants the team. They are both from the area. Everybody knows what the wife wants, the wife gets. “Happy Wife, Happy Life.”

  13. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 30, 2014 9:53 AM

    The thing I love about Bills fans is they have a “blue collar” love for their team. They’re the real thing. There’s no such thing as a Bills’ bandwagon. Loyalty to be admired. I’m with Saints fan … It would be a travesty if the Bills left Buffalo.

    – Titans Fan

  14. frankfordyellowjackets says: Jul 30, 2014 9:54 AM

    No, Andre Reed’s message to Bon Jovi would still be “F–k Bon Jovi!”
    “F–k! Bon Jovi!” would separate the verb from the object and make it two independent clauses, as in “F–k! It’s Bon Jovi!” (F–k!” in this case would be an interjection like, “Hey!”)
    Andre Reed’s “F–k Bon Jovi!” was correct because he kept it an imperative command. “F–k Bon Jovi!”

  15. bucrightoff says: Jul 30, 2014 9:55 AM

    Toronto is the Los Angeles of Canada, a bunch of front running bandwagoners. Team will be a massive failure if they move there.

  16. starfan79 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:55 AM

    The San Antonio Bills

  17. bunkslurpscrabmustard says: Jul 30, 2014 9:56 AM

    Having dated a Buffalo girl for many years and visited that area multiple times, it would be a complete tragedy if they left. The Sabres and Bills are these peoples lives. It would be sad day and I’d feel terrible for the fans.

  18. 5decadesnfl says: Jul 30, 2014 10:01 AM

    Another huge item that will ensure the Bills stay in Buffalo, is the fact that the NFL does not want Sen Schumer to open up an investigation into the exemption from the anti-trust laws the NFL enjoys.

  19. billswillnevermove says: Jul 30, 2014 10:02 AM

    And Terry Pegula bid 1.3 billion. He just told Bon Jovi and Trump to go get their Shineboxes.
    No way this team goes to Canada. Terry will out bid Rodger’s group. Bye bye!!!

  20. bradygirl12 says: Jul 30, 2014 10:09 AM

    I hope for the sake of the fans and Jim Kelly that the eventual buyer keeps the team in Buffalo.

  21. Ground Chuck says: Jul 30, 2014 10:11 AM

    When asked on the progress of purchasing the Bills and moving them to Toronto, Jon Bon replied “whoooaa, we’re half way there.”

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 30, 2014 10:17 AM

    Its all about the money. The reality is the people in charge of selling the team don’t care at all if it stays in Buffalo or not.

    Their only goal is to maximize the profit from the sale and nothing else.

  23. wvuandsteelers says: Jul 30, 2014 10:18 AM

    I think the real story is there is no one with London or Los Angeles ties trying to buy the team. That would make me believe them staying in Buffalo is a “most likely” scenario.

  24. jamaltimore says: Jul 30, 2014 10:19 AM

    Sounds like they are CIRCLING THE WAGONS up in Buffalo to keep the team exactly where it belongs! Go BILLS!

  25. drfeelyouup says: Jul 30, 2014 10:19 AM

    You give looooooooove a bad name! Love dat Bon Jovi and love dem Browns!

  26. floratiotime says: Jul 30, 2014 10:20 AM

    Or half a Clipper.

  27. pftstory says: Jul 30, 2014 10:27 AM

    A football team seems like a much more fun thing to have than any amount of land in West VA.

  28. deke952 says: Jul 30, 2014 10:30 AM

    C’est la vie, Toronto. Go Buffalo!

  29. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 30, 2014 10:40 AM

    So in other words Trump wins the game of making the highest smart bid. The only way to be smarter than Trump is to lose the bid to him by as little as possible. If you can get edged out by a single penny then that’s pure genius! Unless you want to throw in your 2 cents above the break-even level and become an NFL team owner. I guess Donald is going to continue saving his Trump suit for a special occasion.

  30. buddysguys says: Jul 30, 2014 10:40 AM

    Pegula is just buying the City of Buffalo for a cool 2 Billion when all is said and done.

  31. kylexitron says: Jul 30, 2014 10:45 AM

    That’s over 250m for every Superbowl loss.

  32. thebeerstud69 says: Jul 30, 2014 10:48 AM

    For all those people talking about mlse not having enough cash…. its not mlse buying the team…. its the rogers family trust… larry tanenbaum and bon jovi as the main contributors.

    Rogers family net worth =7.6 billion
    Tannenbaum net worth =1.1 billion
    Jovi net worth = .5 billion
    Total = 7.75 billion
    according to canadian business .com

    Pegula net worth = 3.3 billion
    according to forbes

    Wow… I can do math.. yayyy

    Im not saying they will outbid… but the canadian group has the money if they choosw to use ity
    =

  33. billswillnevermove says: Jul 30, 2014 10:51 AM

    And Terry Pegula bid 1.3 billion. He just told Bon Jovi and Trump to go get their Shineboxes.
    No way this team goes to Canada. Terry will out bid Rodger’s group. Bye bye Toronto!! See ya JBJ!!!!

  34. howiehandles says: Jul 30, 2014 11:12 AM

    “There’s no such thing as a Bills’ bandwagon.”

    Nobody jumps on a bandwagon of bad. I’m sure there were people hanging on the bandwagon in the Jim Kelly days. That being said, I don’t like seeing teams move, unless they’re in cities that don’t support their teams when they’re successful. Can’t blame them when they’re bad and don’t show up.

  35. voltron217 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:14 AM

    In in favor of renaming our city peguffalo

  36. magicmtndan says: Jul 30, 2014 11:19 AM

    None of the real financial wizards pay that kind of money out of their pockets. They didn’t get to be ultra-wealthy by using their own money – they have banks and states and utilities and governments kissing their wallets helping them in any way possible so they can get on their wealth-making gravy train.

    It’s not only about how much money you have. It’s about how much power you have and who you know.

  37. granadafan says: Jul 30, 2014 11:25 AM

    Yet, an NBA team is “worth” 2 billion with a small TV contract, and knowing they’ll always be 2nd billing to the other NBA team they share the arena with and a hockey team.

  38. purpleguy says: Jul 30, 2014 11:27 AM

    Does the NFL allow ownership of multiple pro teams, even if they are in different sports?

  39. jwcarlson says: Jul 30, 2014 11:32 AM

    Oh, $1.75B? Let me get my guy on the phone.

    “Charles, go ahead and sell those 75,000 acres of gas leases we talked about last week.”

    “Mr. Pegula, are you sure? What for?”

    “I feel like buying an NFL team.”

    Must be nice…

    When it comes to building a stadium these guys can’t scrape two pennies together though. What a scam.

  40. iloveagoodnap says: Jul 30, 2014 11:33 AM

    @thebeerstud69

    You are right but the issue are a few things:

    1) bon jovi is bidding to be controlling owner which by nfl rules requires 30% minimum financial stake. Doesn’t matter how much his partners have, if he can’t pony up 30% of the bid, in liquid none the less

    2) Pegula is rumored to be partners with Tim Golisano and others, if need be, to win the bid. He just hasn’t made his partnerships public. So in the end we don’t know what his groups total net worth is

    3) it’s all about liquid. We don’t know how much of Rogers and Tannembaums money is liquified.

  41. ill42 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:34 AM

    I am from Toronto and I’m a huge NFL fan, but I would much rather the Bills stay in Buffalo

  42. weepingjebus says: Jul 30, 2014 11:41 AM

    Even though I’m a Pats fan, I’m not sure I’d pay $1 billion just for ringside seats to two of their wins every year.

  43. wrdtoyrmama says: Jul 30, 2014 11:42 AM

    Its a rumored opening bid. This flushes attention seekers like Trump out of the spotlight.

    Groups seriously bidding on the Bills aren’t going to be affected by this opening number, as its below what was paid for the last NFL franchise that was available for purchase.

  44. skoginos says: Jul 30, 2014 11:43 AM

    Your right, there is no such thing as a Bills Bandwagon, because unlike many other fans, we never bail on our team. We support them good and bad. Maybe other fans should take note of what it means to be a TRUE fan.

  45. El Pollo Loco says: Jul 30, 2014 11:45 AM

    2020
    The Toronto Bills
    San Antonio Raiders
    Los Angeles Rams
    Saginaw Chargers
    alberqurque Jaguars
    Sacramento dolphins

  46. justintuckrule says: Jul 30, 2014 11:45 AM

    I’d LOVE to see Mark Cuban buy the Bills and be the thorn in Goodell’s side that this league desperately needs before the golden goose is effectively choked out.

  47. nflfan1326 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:45 AM

    I don’t understand why a new owner of the Bills would want to move them to Toronto, where they drew miserably for only one game per year and had to discontinue the series. You only discontinue something if it losing money. Secondly, the taxes in Toronto are terrible, more than upstate New York. Just an observation.

  48. finfanvin says: Jul 30, 2014 12:48 PM

    trump is actually worth more george1859…

    paying more for a team in Buffalo than for a team in Miami seems crazy to me, but that easy to say down here in peasantsville

  49. hehateme2 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:52 PM

    Longest drought from sniffing the playoffs. WAY too much money for this woebegotten franchise.

  50. kgunoffense12 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:54 PM

    Go Bills!

  51. happywolverine says: Jul 30, 2014 1:02 PM

    Pegula has got this my friends :) No way is the Wilson trust selling to an outside entity and soiling Ralph’s legacy. N-O W-A-Y!

    Prepare for a victory.

    Haters get ready for the bone

  52. channelguy says: Jul 30, 2014 1:04 PM

    I don’t understand why a new owner of the Bills would want to move them to Toronto, where they drew miserably for only one game per year and had to discontinue the series. You only discontinue something if it losing money. Secondly, the taxes in Toronto are terrible, more than upstate New York. Just an observation.

    —-
    The Bills in Toronto series was destroyed because until last year, Rogers priced the tickets at SPECIAL EVENT rates — ie – FOUR TIMES what they cost in Buffalo. Football fans in Toronto aren’t idiots. They know when they are being ripped off. Fair prices will draw fans.

    The other problem the Bills had is that while there are tons of NFL fans in Toronto, loyalties are divided between over a dozen teams. At the Washington game a few years ago, there were as many Redskin jerseys as Bills jerseys. All the big public teams — Dallas, Pittsburgh, Green Bay etc — have more fans than the Bills in Toronto, in part because the Bills have been weak for so long.
    The mayor is a BEARS fan, for example.

    An expansion team in Toronto would likely overcome these issues, as the Blue Jays did in baseball. But poaching a neighbor city’s team wouldn’t be popular, at all, especially when Buffalo has supported the team well considering their recent lack of success and less than dynamic play.

  53. happywolverine says: Jul 30, 2014 1:08 PM

    NFL will NEVER EVER EVER be in Toronto

    Toronto isn’t an NFL city and Ontario is a nanny state with archaic liquor laws

    The first 20 rows would be filled with supermodels and corporate fat cats> The next 20 fans and the rest of the stadium dead to the world with each season getting deader as the trend wore off.

    Sorry Toronto but American football is not for you> Come to the B-lo. You’re welcome here

  54. bullcharger says: Jul 30, 2014 1:08 PM

    nflfan1326 says:Jul 30, 2014 11:45 AM

    I don’t understand why a new owner of the Bills would want to move them to Toronto, where they drew miserably for only one game per year and had to discontinue the series. You only discontinue something if it losing money. Secondly, the taxes in Toronto are terrible, more than upstate New York. Just an observation.

    ——————-

    Having a (really bad) team that you have no allegence to come to Toronto to play is not very exciting. Toronto NFL fans cheer for the Steelers, Dolphins, Cowboys, 49ers and Patriots because people grew up and followed those dynasty teams. Without a local team to cheer for people didn’t default to the Bills. Toronto could easily support their own team… but not at the Dome for sure. They need a new stadium, they would need to change the rule to allow tailgating and they would need some patience before the majority of Torontotonians truly understand the game. Right now people show up at the Bills Toronto series games in Dolphin Jerseys. They don’t get it yet, but they would in short order with their own team, and it would sell out every game.

    Being from Toronto and being a very long time Patriots fan, I really am not sure I want a team in Toronto. When the Raptors came to Toronto it kind of ruined baskeball for me for a long time as I felt like I had to start supporting the local team.

  55. bullcharger says: Jul 30, 2014 1:14 PM

    bucrightoff says:Jul 30, 2014 9:55 AM

    Toronto is the Los Angeles of Canada, a bunch of front running bandwagoners. Team will be a massive failure if they move there.

    ———————–

    If that were true there wouldn’t be any Maple Leaf fans or Raptors fans. Both fan bases are very strong and both teams have sucked for a very long time. The fans in Toronto are the opposite of bandwagoners actually. They never stop cheering for a team no matter how bad they get.

  56. bdepri5748 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:14 PM

    Hopefully this whole process will be done soon! Need that stability making that run to the playoffs. Playoffs?!?!? Yes, I said Playoffs!!

  57. robert831 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:38 PM

    Trump is such a tool. He is not a serious bidder. He just wants the publicity. He has become fame hungry for some bizarre reason. Just like his president talk, no one really takes him seriously, nor should they.

  58. ralphwilsonisrich says: Jul 30, 2014 1:40 PM

    The only good out of Canada is Holmes on Homes!

  59. sportsfan18 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:41 PM

    george1859 says:
    Jul 30, 2014 9:33 AM
    Terry Pegula can buy and sell, and buy and sell Donald Trumps net worth on a daily basis, and Trump clearly knows it.

    In fact, he can reach into his pocket and out purchase anyone, and on his own.

    114 13
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Out purchase anyone huh?

    Terry Pegula net worth estimated by Forbes to be $3.3 billion

    Steve Ballmer’s net worth per Forbes is over $15 billion and some say it’s $20 billion

    I’d like to see Mr. Pegula outspend Mr. Ballmer.

    Paul Allen (Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers owner) has a net worth of $15.8 billion.

  60. travishenryskid says: Jul 30, 2014 1:43 PM

    For those that say that paying $1.3 billion to keep the Bills in Buffalo, you may be correct, but you don’t understand what Pegula is doing. It’s not about money for him, it’s about investing in the city of Buffalo. The city is on the rebound, and Pegula is a big part of that. It would be a massive blow to the city’s turnaround to loose it’s most identifiable asset right as we are getting back on our feet. He said when he bought the Sabres that the 2nd 3rd of your life is for building your wealth and the final third is for making a difference. He is now making a major difference. What he’s doing is heroic for the people of Buffalo.

  61. mrpkg says: Jul 30, 2014 1:46 PM

    I love how all these Bills fans keep saying that they have to keep the team in Buffalo.

    Then show up in November and December when your team is under .500! And it will be in 2014.

    Buffalo had 2 blackouts in 2013, 3 blackouts in 2013. There were 8 total in the last two years.

    Put up or shut up Buffalo fans.

  62. bullcharger says: Jul 30, 2014 1:48 PM

    bdepri5748 says:Jul 30, 2014 1:14 PM

    Hopefully this whole process will be done soon! Need that stability making that run to the playoffs. Playoffs?!?!? Yes, I said Playoffs!!

    ————-

    Not impossible. That would certainly help their chances for keeping the team in Buffalo.

  63. spikeit2times says: Jul 30, 2014 1:55 PM

    I find it odd how some people would find a move to Toronto to be such a bad thing. I understand that it would be a little tough for the local fans who actually go to games. I know the feeling, I was a North Stars Fan. But moving the Bills is nothing like moving the North Stars, or the Cleveland Browns. Those two teams had fans who actually went to games. And those two teams had huge divisional rivalries. The Bills have neither. The Bills moving would be more like the Cardinals moving, or the Buccaneers. Heck; the Rams moving from LA was bigger than if the Bills moved. Even locally it’s not a huge deal considering no one goes to the games anyway and they’ll still be able to watch on TV.

  64. billswillnevermove says: Jul 30, 2014 1:58 PM

    sportsfan18 says:Jul 30, 2014 1:41 PM

    george1859 says:
    Jul 30, 2014 9:33 AM
    Terry Pegula can buy and sell, and buy and sell Donald Trumps net worth on a daily basis, and Trump clearly knows it.

    In fact, he can reach into his pocket and out purchase anyone, and on his own.

    114 13
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Out purchase anyone huh?

    Terry Pegula net worth estimated by Forbes to be $3.3 billion

    Steve Ballmer’s net worth per Forbes is over $15 billion and some say it’s $20 billion

    I’d like to see Mr. Pegula outspend Mr. Ballmer.

    Paul Allen (Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers owner) has a net worth of $15.8 billion.
    _________________________________
    Stupid post since he isn’t bidding on the Bills. Pointless.

  65. bullcharger says: Jul 30, 2014 2:00 PM

    happywolverine says:Jul 30, 2014 1:08 PM

    NFL will NEVER EVER EVER be in Toronto

    Toronto isn’t an NFL city and Ontario is a nanny state with archaic liquor laws

    The first 20 rows would be filled with supermodels and corporate fat cats> The next 20 fans and the rest of the stadium dead to the world with each season getting deader as the trend wore off.

    Sorry Toronto but American football is not for you> Come to the B-lo. You’re welcome here

    ———-

    While the LCBO and Beer Store are the nicest place to buy booze almost anywhere, the fact that Ontario doesn’t allow tailgating is a problem. That would have to change or it would be a non-starter. As for the super models and the corporate fat-cats you are probably right, but they would still be cheering as would the people behind them. All these same arguments have been made before for other sports and the teams ended up working in Toronto.

  66. bullcharger says: Jul 30, 2014 2:10 PM

    mrpkg says:Jul 30, 2014 1:46 PM

    I love how all these Bills fans keep saying that they have to keep the team in Buffalo.

    Then show up in November and December when your team is under .500! And it will be in 2014.

    Buffalo had 2 blackouts in 2013, 3 blackouts in 2013. There were 8 total in the last two years.

    Put up or shut up Buffalo fans.

    —————

    On one hand I agree the fans should go to those games, but the team needs to be competitive at the end of the season to help their cause. 14 seasons with no playoffs is a franchise killer. No fan should have to put up with that. Even though the Patriots have won the division most of those years, the Jets played 12 playoff games in that stretch and the Dolphins played in 4. Having a chance to win will keep the fans there until the end of the season every year.

  67. deadlevelbest says: Jul 30, 2014 2:14 PM

    Everyone knows the MLSE group would have to finance a bid. Terry can reach into his couch cushions. It’s a no-brainer.

  68. kwickett85 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:14 PM

    From what I’ve heard his offer was $1.3 billion.

  69. happywolverine says: Jul 30, 2014 2:29 PM

    My friend bullcharger

    But they would NOT be cheering.

    The games is Toronto were horrible. You weren’t allowed to cheer or stand and were threatened with ejection if you did so. I kid you not.

    They don’t get it there. From the tailgate to the game experience, it’s godawful with the police (crowd) and the government (no tailgate) controlling the fun factor.

    NFL in Toronto sucks bigtime

  70. bullcharger says: Jul 30, 2014 2:29 PM

    ralphwilsonisrich says:Jul 30, 2014 1:40 PM

    The only good out of Canada is Holmes on Homes!

    ————–

    If you like Mike Holmes better than Hockey and Molson beer you’ve got problems!

  71. catquick says: Jul 30, 2014 2:55 PM

    Observation no.1: The last time I was in Toronto, it was harder to find someone who spoke English than when I was in L.A. Japanese, Chinese, Paki.

    Observation no.2: How will NFL players get across the border to games in Toronto? You can’t enter Canada with a DWI from 40 years ago. How does Ray Rice, Marcell Dareus, et al get in the country, unless the holly Canadian government will give a pass to guys who can play football.( The didn’t let NHLer Bob Probert, a CANADIAN CITIZEN in the country when he played for the Red Wings) He could only play home games if they went up north.

    Observation no.3: If the Super Bowl was being played the same time the Maple Leafs were playing the Canadians, the hockey game would win the ratings, even if the Toronto franchise was in the game. No one will watch on TV, let alone go to a game if the team is 4-7, maybe not even if they were 7-4.

    Observation no.4: How will Canadians adapt to the field measurements after being raised on the metric system and CFL 110 yard fields, 20 yard deep end zones, 5 yard wider fields, and extra points for running a missed FG out of the end zone, not to mention 4 downs instead of three?

    Observation no.5: If the NFL is serious about curbing fan drunkenness at NFL contests, why would you move to Canada? Maybe they better talk to the Welland PD before moving. Wife beating and alcoholic drunken brawls are weekend entertainment in that city on the way to Toronto from Buffalo.

    Observation no.6: (The last one, I promise) Does the NFL really feel it’s ready to deal with tools like Joetoronto daily? Really?

  72. billswillnevermove says: Jul 30, 2014 3:12 PM

    catquick says:Jul 30, 2014 2:55 PM

    Observation no.1: The last time I was in Toronto, it was harder to find someone who spoke English than when I was in L.A. Japanese, Chinese, Paki.

    Observation no.2: How will NFL players get across the border to games in Toronto? You can’t enter Canada with a DWI from 40 years ago. How does Ray Rice, Marcell Dareus, et al get in the country, unless the holly Canadian government will give a pass to guys who can play football.( The didn’t let NHLer Bob Probert, a CANADIAN CITIZEN in the country when he played for the Red Wings) He could only play home games if they went up north.

    Observation no.3: If the Super Bowl was being played the same time the Maple Leafs were playing the Canadians, the hockey game would win the ratings, even if the Toronto franchise was in the game. No one will watch on TV, let alone go to a game if the team is 4-7, maybe not even if they were 7-4.

    Observation no.4: How will Canadians adapt to the field measurements after being raised on the metric system and CFL 110 yard fields, 20 yard deep end zones, 5 yard wider fields, and extra points for running a missed FG out of the end zone, not to mention 4 downs instead of three?

    Observation no.5: If the NFL is serious about curbing fan drunkenness at NFL contests, why would you move to Canada? Maybe they better talk to the Welland PD before moving. Wife beating and alcoholic drunken brawls are weekend entertainment in that city on the way to Toronto from Buffalo.

    Observation no.6: (The last one, I promise) Does the NFL really feel it’s ready to deal with tools like Joetoronto daily? Really?
    _________________________________
    Best post of the day………..Hands down!!!!

  73. gmen32 says: Jul 30, 2014 4:56 PM

    Best of luck in purchasing the Bills Terry Pegula. From a huge CFL & NFL fan in Toronto, I don’t want the Bills ripped away from Buffalo and moved to my city. The Bills belong in Buffalo and not in a city that has shown very little interest in supporting football over the years.

  74. mlblogsbufnyfan says: Jul 30, 2014 9:03 PM

    Let’s just hope Pegula runs the Bills better than he has the Sabres–keeping that lamebrain Ruff and that incompetent twit Reger was a huge mistake

  75. atahualpaoxford says: Jul 31, 2014 2:47 AM

    Buffalo is Sabres and Bills country…
    Enough said…

  76. ralphwilsonisrich says: Jul 31, 2014 11:58 AM

    Buffalo hates Toronto and they hate Buffalo.

  77. nickaroo77 says: Jul 31, 2014 1:13 PM

    Whoa Ho, he’s halfway there…

    Please Pegula, please! #BanJovi

  78. mattytwoshoes says: Aug 1, 2014 1:34 PM

    “Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bill!” Go Terry Pergula! (Full disclosure: Pats fan here) Buffalo deserves their team. Loyal fans who come out no matter the weather or the team record

  79. jukeboxmickey says: Aug 1, 2014 7:43 PM

    You people have no idea of what your talking
    About. When Terry Pegula buys the Bills which as
    Of right now he was the high bidder of 1.3 Billion
    In round one. Only 3 bids came in
    Donald Trump and the Bon Jovi Canada group

    So when Terry Pegula buys the Bills you’ll fully understand who this guy really is.
    His wife his from Rochester. He grew up as a Buffalo
    Sabers and Buffalo Bills fan. He has bought the whole
    In harbor in downtown Buffalo. He has a enough Money
    To buy the Bills for 1.7 Billion and build a Billion dollar
    Stadium and still have billions in the bank.
    He is reported to say that he will build a new stadium
    For the Bills.

    He will instantly become the 3 wealthiest owner in the
    In the NFL. He owns the Buffalo Sabres and the Rochester
    Americans AHL hockey team. He loves Western NY and Buffalo.

    His goal is to transform the entire downtown inner harbor.
    NY state has invested a billion dollars into Buffalo in the last
    18 months.

    The town is changing for the better a sleeping giant
    Is about to awaken. This new stadium is the lynch pin to
    A whole entertainment district with shopping and hotels
    And night clubs and condos and a buffalo hall of fame.
    Along with a new convention center.
    Future ncaa Basketball and college football
    Championships will be played there
    A future Super Bowl and concerts and political
    Conventions with all be in this new domed stadium.

    People who live In Western NY know what a great place
    It is to live and raise a Family.

    Terry Pegula even donated 103 million dollars to Penn State
    To build a hockey stadium for there Hockey program.

    Terry just sold and closed on 1.7 billion dollar land deal in PA
    For the natural gas his land produces.

    This guy is flush with money and he just keeps making money by having his company drill new gas wells.

    It’s almost like he has a License to print money.
    New gas wells dug mean more Billions.

    This guy is has owned season tickets to the Bills and Sabres
    In the past. He has tail gated and lived and died with these
    2 teams. He lives and breathes Western NY and loves
    The area and it’s fans and it’s sports teams.
    So if you think for one minute this team will end up any where
    Else you are sadly mistaken. The other thing about Terry Pegula is he does every thing first class with honor and grace.

    This area is very lucky to have this guy as it savior.

    Not to mention that all ny state politicians. Such a Andrew Como
    And senator Chuck Schummer have said there is no way
    They will let the Bills leave Buffalo.

    3 media sources in the last 24 hours have hinted that the Toronto
    Group will not move forward to the 2nd phase of Bidding

    My guess is Bonjovi is the the majority owner of that group he just does not really have the
    Funds to have 30 percent. Think about it if you were Wilson’s Estate would you want to wait
    For Bonjovi to liquidate a his assets to come up with enough funds to make the Purchase.
    Bonjovi has no business even being at the table. The Toronto groups main problem
    Is really Bonnovi him self. He does not have they money to do this and his big fat mouth
    Has got him in Hot water. It’s over for them. Mean while Terry P just lurks In the back ground with class. He is the savior. The Wilson estate knows this and so do the other bidders.
    Why keep the Shrade going. The reason for dead lines and bids is to have Morgan Stanley
    Figure out who should be the best owner with the most liquid assets. Know that they seen
    The cards of the 3 players. They report back to the Wilson Estate. It seems like it’s a good reason to eliminate the Toronto group when you know they really can’t go higher

    More of my opinion

    Why would the 2 articles not say all 3 groups made it to the 2nd round.
    If they did they would have reported it that way.
    They made a point to say Terry P and Trump have moved onto the
    2nd round. So I am speculating, yes if it turns out not to be true I
    Am sorry. But for now it appears that this could be the case so I started a thread.
    So let’s see what happens.

    The Toronto Group does not have the Money
    With Bonjovi as the majority owner. he has to put down 30 percent. His partners can’t be the Majority owner they own the maple leafs.
    So they can not be Majority Owner.
    NFL does not allow a Owner to own 2 Sports teams in different markets. So hence the other guys can’t be the Majority Owner of this Canada
    Group. The Canada group was fine if the bidding stayed around 1billion. But with the bidding already at 1.3 Billion and possibly ending at 1.5
    Billion. This is no reason to keep the Toronto Group around. It’s Morgan Staley’s job to make recommendations to the Wilson Estate.
    Why keep this group around if they can’t bid higher. Plus single ownership over 3 partners is preferred by the NFL and the Morgan Stanley that has to close on this sale. The Toronto’s groups biggest problem is that Bonjovi just does not have
    The funds to complete the 30 percent threshold
    That he needs to come up with. The bids are all ready past the point of no return for this
    Canada groups bid.

    More

    It’s simple math at 1 billion dollars Bonjovi would need 300 million dollars.
    I just googled his net worth here is what came back

    According to Forbes, Bon Jovi was the third highest-paid musician in the world in 2013, bringing in $79 million. In its 2012 “Ones to Watch” list, Forbes estimated Bon Jovi has a total net worth of $290 million. Forbes estimates the Bills are valued at $870 million, as of August 2013.

    So if the bidding gets up to 1.5 Billion
    Then he would need 450 Million to
    Be in the game. He has around 320 million
    Or so that’s what’s been reported.

    When Morgan Stanley and the Wilson Estate
    Look at the numbers and his financials it easy to
    Understand why he and his group would be eliminated.

    Now if the bidding was say 900 million
    To 1 Billion dollars for the bills. Them I could see this group staying at the table and in the game
    To be picked to own the Bills.

    But it’s gone beyond that now. It’s Morgan Stanley’s job on behalf of the Wilson estate
    To move this process forward.

    It’s really over for this Toronto Group
    Bonjovi does not have the money to move forward it’s that simple.

    His group should not move to the next round.

    Tell me why wouldn’t Mary Wilson not want to pick
    A single buyer over a group with 3 buyers
    That would move the team out of Buffalo.
    Plus the highest bidder would honor her late Husbands wishes and keep the team in Buffalo
    To further his legacy. I could see Terry P naming the new stadium field after the late great Ralph Wilson. Let’s is common sense.

    Bon Jovi can’t be the Majority owner of the Bills
    The bidding has gone to high.
    It’s over for this group. It’s time to celebrate
    This great weekend that is upon us.

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