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Buffalo Bills News - September 10, 2014

Marker NFL's Buffalo Bills to be sold to owners of city's NHL team [1:15 AM]
Reuters reports: '"From day one, keeping the Bills in Buffalo has been one of our administration's top priorities, and reports that Terry and Kim Pegula have been chosen as the team's new owners highlight a tremendous step toward making that goal a reality," Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.'

Marker Pegulas' $1.4 billion bid to buy Bills pays off [1:14 AM]
AP reports: '"It's Christmas morning," said season-ticket holder and noted Bills tailgater Scott Hunsinger. "It really takes a burden off of die-hard fans that we know now that we're not going to lose our team."'

Marker Bills' DT Dareus crash case adjourned to Nov. 18 [1:13 AM]
AP reports: 'Dareus attended a hearing Tuesday in Hamburg Town Justice Court in an attempt to reach a plea deal but did not appear before the judge. Dareus' lawyer, Michael Caffrery, declined comment on his way out of the courtroom.'

Marker Report: Pegulas have tentative deal to buy Bills [1:12 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Any sale would need to be approved by the NFL. That process could be completed by next month.'

Marker Sabres owner to buy Bills for $1 billion [1:11 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, real estate tycoon Donald Trump and rocker Jon Bon Jovi were all involved in groups angling to buy the franchise. The Bon Jovi group, made up mostly of Toronto businessmen, was not popular in the region because of a fear the team could be moved to Canada, where the Bills played one regular-season home game every year in recent seasons.'

Marker Politicians weigh in on Pegula's Bills purchase [1:11 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Today’s announcement is great news for Western New York, the Bills, and their passionate fans, who will now be able to breathe a huge sigh of relief. The Pegulas are the perfect choice to carry on Ralph Wilson’s indelible legacy – like Ralph, they have a true commitment to Western New York, are people of serious integrity, and will be excellent owners. Most importantly, based on extensive conversations I have had with Terry over the past few months, he and Kim are deeply committed to keeping the Buffalo Bills in Western New York for generations to come.'

Marker Pegulaville [1:10 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Four years ago few of us had ever heard of the Pegulas. It was the end of November 2010 that a report arose of the Sabres being for sale and Terry Pegula, fan, being in line to buy them. I remember the day, partly because my great friend and esteemed sports writer Jim Kelley died that night.'

Marker Pegula issues statement on purchase of Buffalo Bills [1:09 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Kim and I are humbled and honored that the Wilson family has chosen us to be the second owner of the Buffalo Bills. Pending the NFL approval process, being the next owner of the Buffalo Bills would be a great privilege for our family. Ralph Wilson left an indelible mark on our community and we will strive every day to honor his legacy.'

Marker It's official: Sale agreement between Bills and Pegulas announced [1:08 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The next step in the approval process will be for the Pegulas to meet with the NFL's finance committee. The Pegulas have a reported net worth of $3.5 billion, and will likely have little trouble in that phase. Once that hurdle has been cleared, the winning bidders will then be put to a vote at one of the league's upcoming owners' meetings and will need to be approved by 24 of 31 franchises accross the league.'

Marker Its a great day to be a Bills fan [1:07 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills, and the Pegula's other sports property the Sabres, and Buffalo are intertwined. Both franchises are a fabric of the community and part of our soul. If either team ever left it would be like someone had ripped out our heart. With the Pegula's playing the role of white knight, we don't have to worry about that anymore and hopefully never again.'

Marker All-22 Review - Bills/Bears [1:06 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Manuel finished his day 16 of 22 with a TD, an Interception and a rushing TD. His numbers aren't going to impress too many individuals but to me, it was a good day. Manuel threw the ball down the field with success, and while accuracy has been called in to question, he did the job well enough for me. Let's take a look at one of his better throws of the day...'.

Marker Wilson trust reaches definitive agreement with Pegula family [1:05 AM] reports: 'Buffalo Bills Controlling Owner Mary Wilson said, “This is a very important day in the history of the Buffalo Bills franchise. Ralph brought professional football to Buffalo in 1959 and it was his life’s passion. He loved his team and he cherished the fans and his legacy will remain for all-time. Ralph would have been pleased with the sale of the team to the Terry Pegula family, who has been so committed to Buffalo and the Western New York region.”'

Marker From the booth: 4 observations from Bills-Bears [1:04 AM] reports: '“He demanded everyone’s attention and he’s just the leader of our offense,” receiver Robert Woods related. “Before the game he spoke to the whole team. He just fired everyone up. Everyone is believing in him and confident in him and he just got us the win.”'

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September 9, 2014

Marker New beginning for Bills? [1:41 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '“The only way you change culture is to win football games like that ... You face adversity and still go out and win.”'

Marker Unexpected win a character check for Bills [11:31 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who had a key interception — the first of a nine-year career — admitted of the win, “I think you can look at it as an improved makeup of the team. Guys that have been around awhile and guys that have had success like (linebacker Brandon) Spikes and (cornerback) Corey Graham. We've got guys that have been around and can kind of rub off on (the younger) guys.”'

Marker Bills Find A Way To Win [10:04 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'What matters is that young players learned they can play with anyone, even on the road. What matters is that E.J. Manuel showed what he can do as a steward of a good team. What matters is that the Bills won.'

Marker Whaley’s acquisitions paid off in opening win [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Brandon Spikes, the veteran linebacker, had six tackles and a sack. Punter Colton Schmidt, who was picked up a week before the season, dropped four of his five punts inside the 20 and limited Chicago to minus-1 yard in returns. Kickoff specialist Jordan Gay had five touchbacks. The other was returned to the 13.'

Marker Bills find formula for success against Bears [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Bills are able to replicate that success running the ball on a weekly basis, it will allow quarterback EJ Manuel to have games like he did Sunday and the team should be competitive.'

Marker Sources say Bills sale could happen as soon as today [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Two sources said there was a belief the Bills’ winning bid will be higher than the $1 billion the Cleveland Browns sold for in 2012 and could break the NFL record of $1.1 billion set by the Miami Dolphins in 2009.'

Marker Bills-Bears Upon Further Review [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'EJ Manuel standing up and speaking at the pregame offense meeting Saturday night. This didn't come from Manuel, but in the locker room Sunday several players shared an account of Manuel interrupting the offensive skull session led by coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to address his teammates and basically tell them to forget the preseason and get focused on the regular season.'

Marker Terry Pegula on the verge of buying the Buffalo Bills, according to reports [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But for months it was Pegula has been the front runner. His process has been the most organized with the fewest leaks, and he had plenty of money to work with. While Bon Jovi and his Toronto group tried to fend off public perception that they would move the team, Pegula has shown his commitment to Buffalo and had the full support of the Bills' fan base.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release Jacquies Smith to make room for Nigel Bradham returning from suspension [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I’m excited, especially with Keith (Rivers) day-to-day now and you get Nigel back," Marrone said. "With the way he was playing, I’m excited about him being back. I really am. I think he was playing extremely well before and we’re looking forward to him being consistent and playing well when we start playing again."'

Marker Doug Marrone supports NFL's harsher stance on domestic violence in light of Ray Rice suspension [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Am I happy that the NFL is taking a harder stance?" Marrone asked. "Yes."'

Marker Two known selection criteria beyond money, including certainty of NFL approval, mean highest bidder [1:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Two critical factors beyond money -- both long speculated as playing a role -- indeed are among the Ralph Wilson trust’s expressed selection criteria. QMI Agency has confirmed that “certainty of NFL approval” is one, and the ability to close the deal immediately is the other.'

Marker Buffalo Bills could fetch record bid at $1.2 billion [1:51 AM]
New York Post reports: 'A newly reconstituted Toronto bidding group once fronted by rocker Jon Bon Jovi also submitted a bid. It is thought the group, which includes the owner of the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs, would seek to move the team to Canada once the stadium lease allows.'

Marker Bills show uncommon resiliency in first-game win [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"We're undefeated," wide receiver Mike Williams said. "It feels good. Like Wood said yesterday, we're better than half the teams in the league right now. It feels good. We have a lot of confidence going into the week."'

Marker AP sources: Bills close to identifying owner [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'The other groups submitting bids were led by New York City real estate mogul Donald Trump, and a Toronto group led by rocker Jon Bon Jovi. The bids were submitted to Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale process on behalf of late owner Ralph Wilson's estate.'

Marker Bills make room for Bradham, release DE Smith [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With Bradham set to return, the franchise made room for him on the roster on Monday with the release of defensive end Jacquies Smith. Smith made the team initially as the fifth defensive end on the depth chart and the ninth of nine total defensive linemen. He still has practice squad eligibility remaining.'

Marker Bills' Aaron Williams going through concussion protocol [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams suffered concussion-like symptoms against the Bears and will be subjected to the National Football League’s protocol for that injury. The safety would be able to return this week if symptoms subside and he is cleared by the team’s medical staff.'

Marker Bills' Schmidt: from high school bed to NFL job in one year [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I just went back home to Bakersfield, California, lived back in my high school room, unemployed and just had time to focus on all the stuff that they told me for the next eight months until I went back to San Francisco,” Schmidt said, in reference to being re-signed by the 49ers in January. “I pretty much did the same thing, knowing that there was a good chance I was going to get released once more.”'

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