Buffalo Bills News - April 4, 2014

Marker Mary Wilson announced as controlling owner of Buffalo Bills [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In effect, in the coming months and quite possibly a year or more, nothing will operate any differently than it has for the past year. Brandon was given final decision on all team matters on Jan. 1, 2013 by Ralph Wilson, and that will not change moving forward.'

Marker Ralph Wilson's widow takes team control [1:57 AM]
AP reports: 'He long expressed no desire to leave the team to his family, and this announcement is the first step in what's likely a lengthy path to new ownership.'

Marker Wilson's widow takes ownership of Bills [1:56 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Bills CEO Russ Brandon will retain operational control of the team.'

Marker Mary Wilson named controlling owner of Bills [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A process will be established at an appropriate time for the sale of the franchise. This process will ensure that the club complies and is faithful to NFL rules and to its obligations to New York State and Erie County. We plan to have detailed discussions with the NFL, the State and County, and others as we determine the timing and structure of any sales process.'

Marker Mary Wilson becomes controlling owner of the Buffalo Bills [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Mary Wilson said, “I have complete confidence in Russ Brandon, our President and CEO, to continue his duties of running the organization. General Manager Doug Whaley and Head Coach Doug Marrone remain empowered by Russ to run the football operation.”'

Marker Pre-draft visits continue with DB Breeland and CB Cockrell [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'For the third straight day there were draft prospects visiting One Bills Drive. Clemson DB Bashaud Breeland and Duke CB Ross Cockrell met with members of Buffalo’s coaching staff Thursday.'

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April 3, 2014

Marker What if Donald Trump bought the Buffalo Bills? [8:01 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Who would coach the Trumps? Nothing against Doug Marrone, a fine coach but Trump would want someone with charisma, personality, a go-getter. In other words, Trump would name himself the coach. If he can run a multi-billion dollar business, a NFL team would be child's play. Anyone can do the x's and o's but leadership is what separates the great teams from the good ones.'

Marker Wilson tribute will be Saturday [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fans may attend at any time between 1 to 4 p.m. Parking lots will open at noon, and there is no tailgating for the event.'

Marker Thurman Thomas takes a stroll down Memory Lane [1:58 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Thomas remembered his old team with great pleasure. He joined the Bills as the 40th pick of the 1988 draft. Who knew he would be such a steal? Certainly not the teams that picked running backs Gaston Green, John Stephens, Lorenzo White, Brad Muster, Craig Heyward, Ickey Woods and Tony Jeffrey before Thomas.'

Marker Bills host three more on pre-draft visits Tuesday [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Each NFL team is alotted 30 pre-draft visits from non-local colleges. The Bills still have 25 remaining.'

Marker Buying Buffalo Bills Would Save Donald Trump A Fortune In Taxes [1:56 AM]
Forbes reports: 'Let’s assume that $800 million of the purchase price is amortized over 15 years. Such a large write-off would eliminate the team’s tax bill entirely. Moreover, the remainder ($600 million) of the write-off could be used to shield taxes from the other businesses owned by the team’s investors. Even if Trump were, say, just a 20% owner of the Bills, he would have perhaps $120 million of write-offs to deduct from his profitable businesses, like television and training programs.'

Marker CB Roby, RB Seastrunk, LB Shazier visit with Bills [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Seastrunk’s ability to stop, cut and return to top speed quickly is unquestioned, but NFL scouts were wondering about his straight line speed after posting a 4.51 40 time at the NFL combine. At Baylor’s pro day he improved on that figure running a 4.46 to go with his impressive 11-foot two-inch broad jump and 41.5-inch vertical.'

April 2, 2014

Marker New stadium panel convenes, expects process to take months, if not years [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Duffy called the Bills – the only NFL team to play its home games in the state – “the only New York State team,” and said that he and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo are determined to keep the Bills here.'

Marker With Schumer on New Stadium Working Group, it has the clout it needs to deliver [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The New Stadium Working Group has important work to do, and it starts right away. Members have the credibility, experience and deep commitment to this area to understand that keeping the Bills in Buffalo is the No. 1 priority and, with Schumer, they have another team player with the clout to smooth the way.'

Marker Donald Trump says he’s been approached by group looking to buy Buffalo Bills [1:57 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'If Trump were to join a group with a intentions of buying the Bills, the group would have to be approved by the league’s other 31 owners. Given Trump’s history in the USFL — fairly or unfairly, the former owner of the New Jersey Generals is accused of killing the league by successfully lobbying USLF owners to agree to move its schedule from the spring to the fall to compete against the NFL and bringing the lawsuit against the NFL — any potential bid may be nothing more than a Hail Mary pass.'

Marker Could Donald Trump be Buffalo’s unlikely Bills savior? [1:56 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Trump is close friends with Bills great Jim Kelly, who is currently undergoing treatment for an aggressive cancer at Lenox Hill Hospital. “He called me, and actually his family is staying at one of my apartments in New York as he’s going through a very rough time,” Trump said. “He’s a great guy, and he sounded actually really good two days ago. He called me from the hospital.”'

Marker Trump as Bills' general could have plenty of pitfalls [1:55 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'But Trump, for all his successes away from the football field, was also was the driving force behind a series of moves that shuttered a promising pro football league in less than three years’ time, and it’s with that failure in mind that the Bills should proceed with caution in any future dealings with The Donald.'

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.”'

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.”'

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