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Donald Trump Says He Is Committed To Buying Bills, Keeping Team In Western New York

04 / 15 / 14

Donald Trump yesterday stressed that he is "committed to buying the Bills and keeping them in Western New York," according to a front-page piece by Tim Graham of the BUFFALO NEWS. Sources said that Trump "already has spoken" to Bills President & CEO Russ Brandon twice. Trump said, "I’m goi...

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03/27/14
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