Buffalo Bills News - April 2, 2014

Marker Donald Trump discusses Bills [1:54 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Since the death of owner Ralph Wilson last week, speculation around the Bills' future in Buffalo has increased. Trump said he would like to see the team stay in the city.'

Marker Trump says he’ll ‘look at’ investment in Bills [1:53 AM]
Sportsnet reports: 'The Bills’ future in Buffalo remains unclear after longtime owner Ralph Wilson died last week. Despite the rumours of a possible relocation, Trump would prefer the franchise to stay in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills stadium group meets with sense of urgency [1:52 AM]
AP reports: '"That's the reason, we're standing here today," Brandon said Tuesday, after a newly formed stadium search committee met for the first time. "This will be a long process. We have a lot of work that needs to be done. But I know our group is up for the task."'

Marker Chemo, radiation for ex-Bills QB Kelly next week [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Costantino says he's confident the regimen has a good chance of success. If not, he says Kelly's skull-base tumor remains operable.'

Marker Kelly to begin chemo, radiation next week [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The statement said Kelly will be receiving a single dose of chemotherapy at Lenox Hill Hospital, along with concurrent daily radiation therapy treatments. The chemotherapy will be repeated as an outpatient in approximately three weeks and six weeks. The radiation therapy will be a six-week regimen carried out at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute's Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success, N.Y., which is home to a new $47 million, 30,000-square-foot radiation medicine facility that opened earlier this year.'

Marker Trump says he has been approached about buying Bills [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I know so many people in Buffalo and they have asked me about look at that and I certainly would look at it but I would ... if it were me I'd keep the team in Buffalo," he said. "I think it's something that is really vital to the area. ... It would be catastrophic, in my opinion, if Buffalo lost the Buffalo Bills."'

Marker Trump On WBEN: Considers Joining A Buffalo Bills Buyer [1:48 AM]
WBEN-AM reports: '"I heard about it last week. A group of people called me and asked 'would I be interested in investing', and I'll take a look at it," Trump said of Buffalo's NFL team, which will eventually have to be sold in the wake of owner Ralph Wilson's death last week at age 95.'

Marker Bills host draft prospects Cody Latimer, Troy Niklas [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Latimer told reporters at the Indiana pro day on March 26th that he had a pre-draft visit scheduled with the Bills. The Hoosiers wideout earned second team All-Big 10 honors this past season after rolling up 72 receptions for 1,096 yards to average just over 15 yards a reception (15.2) with nine touchdowns.'

Marker Kelly to begin chemo, radiation next week [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Mr. Kelly will be receiving a single dose of chemotherapy at Lenox Hill Hospital, along with concurrent daily radiation therapy treatments. The chemotherapy will be repeated as an outpatient in approximately three weeks and six weeks. The radiation therapy will be a six-week regimen carried out at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute's Center for Advanced Medicine in Lake Success, NY, which is home to a new $47 million, 30,000-square-foot radiation medicine facility that opened earlier this year.'

Marker Buffalo strengthens a Spikes family bond [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“My father’s side of the family, they weren’t really educated,” Spikes said. “They had to quit school. Even though slavery was over they still had to stay on the plantations and farm. We come from a line of sharecroppers. You still had to stay on the white man’s land in order to live. A lot of my dad’s brothers died off so I just didn’t know who else was out there.”'

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April 1, 2014

Marker Biggest fight ahead for Buffalo’s toughest star [5:01 PM]
Salamanca Press reports: 'Some say coverage of Kelly’s cancer fight neglects ordinary citizens battling similar diseases. While I sympathize with anyone fighting cancer, I see no need for the criticism.'

Marker Jim Kelly’s cancer detailed [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly, King reported, is scheduled to have chemotherapy treatments today and Tuesday and radiation treatments Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in hopes of stopping the cancer from multiplying.'

Marker Kelly's chemotherapy treatment postponed a week till Monday [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He's had a couple setbacks,” his brother, Dan Kelly, told The Buffalo News on Monday night. “It's always this or that. We have to make sure Jim doesn't get sick leading into this.”'

Marker Marketing VP named to stadium panel that meets today [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As executive vice president of corporate marketing and communications for Time Warner, Ginsberg, according to the company’s web page, works with Time Warner’s top executives at its operating divisions on a wide range of corporate matters.'

Marker Bills stadium committee meets Tuesday [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This inaugural meeting is expected to be a get-to-know-you session for the 21-member panel. The formation of the New Stadium Working Group was a function of the stadium lease that was negotiated in 2012 between the Bills, Erie County and the state. When the renovation to Ralph Wilson Stadium that is taking place right now was approved, it was decided that exploration should begin regarding the construction of a new stadium either on the current site in Orchard Park, or another location in Erie County.'

Marker Bills stadium group gains member; to meet Tuesday [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Time Warner executive Gary Ginsberg to what's being called the Bills' "New Stadium Work Group." Ginsberg is the company's executive vice president of global marketing and grew up in suburban Buffalo. He previously served as an assistant legal counsel to President Bill Clinton.'

Marker Bills figure prominently in NFL rumor mill [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'First off, I don't think the Bills will do it because they won't want to give up the collection of draft picks it would take to go up eight spots. It would only be worth it if there is a franchise quarterback they absolutely adore and the only way to get that player is to be at the top of the draft.'

March 31, 2014

Marker Football star Jim Kelly receives outpouring of support in cancer fight [11:58 AM]
CBS This Morning reports: 'Link to video from Monday morning's program.'

Marker Tailgaters tap Bills tradition to honor Wilson [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Midway through the rally, fans were surprised and delighted when Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon took to the stage to thank them for their dedication and support. “I never get to tailgate,” Brandon said, with a cup in his hand. “I love this.”'

Marker For an event as significant as Ralph Wilson’s death, nothing can compare to print media [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As I watched as much Wilson coverage as I could, it seemed to me, yet again, that different media can’t help but OWN certain kinds of stories at certain times.'

Marker Ralph Wilson gave more generously than most people knew [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wilson’s generosity seemed to know no bounds. It stretched from his donations to the Hospice Foundation of Western New York to the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County to the Food Bank. His funding efforts went a long way toward feeding, clothing and comforting those in need. No accolades required.'

Marker Jim Kelly segment to air on 'CBS This Morning' [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The show airs from 7 to 9 a.m., but Sutovsky said he did not have information about specifically when the Jim Kelly segment would be shown.'

Marker Jim Kelly Tough [1:55 AM]
SI reports: '“But now, this is just another river to cross. Now we know what it is, and we’ll keep fighting. Whatever I did in life’’—now he motioned to the crowded room of family—“I never did alone. So we’ll fight. It’s in the Lord’s hands now.”'

March 30, 2014

Marker At all costs, keep the Bills in Buffalo [10:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'They can't let the team get away. We won't be able to attract another franchise like bigger markets in Houston or Baltimore. This team means so much to the region, not just Buffalo.'

Marker Friends, family of Wilson say a private goodbye to a football patriarch [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Most owners and NFL executives stayed away due to the private nature of the service. The same went for former Bills players. The only one seen in attendance was Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas.'

Marker Ralph Wilson valued friends, loyalty [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s always been assumed that Ralph blocked the election of Lou Saban and Cookie Gilchrist from inclusion on the Bills’ Wall of Fame. I don’t recall an outright Wilson veto, but on more than one occasion, Ralph would explain why he felt Saban did not deserve to be honored. It was because Lou had walked out on the team twice, and Ralph viewed that as disloyalty.'

Marker Bills at risk of being moved to larger market [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'ut let’s not kid ourselves. The economics of the NFL long ago whizzed past our smaller-market, economically stagnant burg.'

Marker Trying times in Bills country [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'How could these Super Bowl Bills have envisioned a week like this? Mourning their beloved owner? Praying for their beloved leader? Circling the wagons one more time? Jill Kelly's blog post about her husband was like a punch to the gut.'

Marker Ralph Wilson Stadium undergoes massive renovation [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Polancarz said the $130 million project, which is being funded by New York state, Erie County and the Bills, is almost 50 percent complete, though everywhere you look there's upheaval.'

Marker Bills' fate will help reveal NFL's commitment to small markets [1:54 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'In a league whose wealthiest franchises are now valued at more than $1.5 billion, the cost of buying and financing an NFL team requires vast resources and steady revenue from a vibrant corporate partnership base. Good luck finding that in the rust belt.'

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