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SBD/July 31, 2014/Franchises
Golisano Could Still Submit Bid For Bills, As Team Reportedly Willing To Extend Deadline
Published July 31, 2014
THE RACE IS ON: QMI AGENCY's John Kryk cited a source as saying that the Toronto group's "bid limit would be about" $1.2B. Another source said that the limit "likely is even less than that, just above" $1B (QMI AGENCY, 7/30). However, the Buffalo News' Tim Graham cites two sources as saying that "every bid number that has been reported so far is wrong" (TWITTER.com, 7/31). Meanwhile, in N.Y., Weiss & Kosman cite sources as saying that Trump will "sell any remaining casino assets he owns" if his $1B-plus bid "emerges as the highest accepted offer" for the Bills (N.Y. POST, 7/31).
LOOKING INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL: In Buffalo, Bucky Gleason writes Pegula will "be the last man standing when all is said and done" because his desire to own the Bills "runs as deep as his pockets." Nearly every "major variable in this equation leans toward Pegula in his quest to become an NFL owner." He is prepared to pay "considerably more than the small-market franchise is worth, which should satisfy Ralph Wilson's estate." Plus, he has "close ties to the community and will keep the team in Buffalo." In other words, he is "willing to spend big money, stupid money, because he can" (BUFFALO NEWS, 7/31). But in Orlando, David Whitley writes the NFL "should award the franchise to Bon Jovi or Trump," because that would "make people notice the Bills, which very few Americans have since the O.J. trial" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 7/31).