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Buffalo Bills News - September 10, 2014

Marker Jim Kelly, Jeffrey Gundlach release statement on Terry Pegula owning Buffalo Bills [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I am so happy to hear that the Pegulas will be the new owners of the Buffalo Bills," Kelly said in a statement. "It's an exciting day for Western New York. As I've said for many years, my first and foremost concern has been ensuring that, when this time came, the team would stay in Buffalo. Terry and Kim Pegula have done a lot for our community; their commitment to Buffalo and Western New York is second to none."'

Marker Donald Trump congratulates Pegula family, Buffalo Bills fans on sale [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'On Tuesday afternoon, Trump released a congratulatory statement via Adam Benigni of WGRZ in Buffalo. Trump and Bon Jovi both sent out messages of congratulations on Tuesday, and Bills fans got their wish. The Pegulas will be the owners of the Bills, and the team isn't going anywhere.'

Marker Jon Bon Jovi congratulates Terry and Kim Pegula, wishes them luck [1:33 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bon Jovi was gracious in defeat. Maybe Bills fans will forgive him now, but it could take some time before his songs are played at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Sen. Chuck Schumer releases statement supporting Pegula family [1:32 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '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.'

Marker Buffalo Bills work out former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, according to report [1:31 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Buffalo Bills reportedly worked out Sammy Watkins' old quarterback on Tuesday.'

Marker Brandon Spikes blitzing and 5 observations from snap counts, advanced stats [1:30 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Preston Brown played every snap: Rookie linebacker Preston Brown was the only player to play every snap on defense for the Bills. With Nigel Bradham suspended, the rookie third-round pick got his chance to shine. There were positives (a fumble recovery) and negatives (a blown coverage on Cutler's first touchdown pass) but overall, the experience should help him moving forward.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sale to Pegulas a big win for region [1:29 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'The community owes much thanks to Wilson as well. He demonstrated his commitment to the Western New York community for decades as Bills owner. He helped work with Erie County to develop a lease for Ralph Wilson Stadium that made it more difficult for any outside investor to buy the team and move it away. He also left the franchise in the hands of a trust that included his wife, Mary, and other key advisors who seemed to respect his desire to keep the team in the Buffalo area beyond the bidding process.'

Marker Cloud over Bills' future lifted at last [1:28 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'For as long as I've been able to understand what the Bills mean to this community and in my own life there's been a doomsday scenario looming. There would come a time after Wilson died when someone in a board room somewhere would decide whether some carpetbagger would take the Bills away to a richer, more glamorous place where they could never be loved the way we love them here.'

Marker Good, bad and ugly to football opening days [1:27 AM]
Salamanca Press reports: 'The bottom line is, once Pegula receives the NFL’s approval, the Bills are here to stay. The cynics, pessimists and worry-warts can calm down. The sale could settle well before Sunday’s home opener, setting up an unbelievable celebration as the improbably 1-0 Bills return to Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker The Great Toronto Threat to buy the Bills is dead [1:26 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The Bills thus won’t be relocating to Canada’s most populous city -- the prospect of which surprisingly few Torontonians seemed to give a buffalo’s butt about since the spring.'

Marker Toronto’s NFL dream takes yet another hit [1:25 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'But cheering for the Bills is an emotional thing, and keeping them is, too. Callers phoned in to the sports radio station, WGR550, with those blunt clipped local accents that make you imagine a man with a frozen moustache. They thanked Terry Pegula and his wife, Kim. They called it the best day in Buffalo sports history. A lot of them talked about their fathers. Some wept.'

Marker Bills fans celebrate Pegula purchase: 'A great day in Buffalo’ [1:24 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Now that the Toronto group is out of the running for good, Sunday’s home opener against the Miami Dolphins will be a lot louder and happier, Pellien vowed. “It’s gonna be a madhouse,” said Pellien.'

Marker Buffalonians can rejoice at keeping Bills [1:23 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'Terry and Kim Pegula repelled the would-be plunderers of the city’s NFL franchise. A team that once seemed certain to depart for richer, more fashionable locations in Toronto or Los Angeles will stay in beleaguered Buffalo: The billionaire owners of the local NHL team stepped up to buy the Bills from the estate of the late Ralph Wilson for a reported bid of $1.4-billion (U.S.).'

Marker Terry Pegula, Owner of Sabres, to Acquire Buffalo Bills [1:22 AM]
New York Times reports: '“Ralph Wilson left an indelible mark on our community, and we will strive every day to honor his legacy,” the Pegulas said in a statement. “Our interest in owning the Bills has everything to do with the people of Western New York and our passion for football.”'

Marker Sabres owner Terry Pegula reaches agreement to buy Buffalo Bills [1:21 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '“It is gratifying to reassure these great fans that two franchises (Bills and Sabres) so important to our region are both here to stay,” Pegula wrote in a statement via the team.'

Marker Buffalo Bills set to be sold to Sabres owners for NFL-record price [1:20 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'The sale needs to be approved by a three-quarters majority of the NFL's owners, who are scheduled to meet on Oct. 8, and is also subject to "the satisfaction of customary closing conditions," according to the team's statement.'

Marker Jon Bon Jovi: I wish the new Bills owners the best [1:19 AM]
Asbury Park Press reports: '"On behalf of Myself, Larry Tanenbaum and Edward Rogers (who were part of Bon Jovi's purchasing team), we wish Terry and Kim Pegula all the best as they continue the legacy and tradition of the Buffalo Bills and the Wilson family," Bon Jovi said.'

Marker Buffalo Bills running game has Dolphins’ attention [1:18 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Buffalo ran for 193 yards to win 23-20 in overtime at Chicago, and to no one’s surprise, running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson had plenty to do with it. This means the Dolphins’ focus this week is the opposite of last week, when Tom Brady was in the cross hairs.'

Marker Pegula to buy Bills; vows to keep team in western New York [1:17 AM]
USA Today reports: '"This is a very important day in the history of the Buffalo Bills franchise," Mary Wilson, the widow of Ralph Wilson Jr. who assumed controlling interest in the team after her husband's death in March, said in a statement issued by the team.'

Marker Terry Pegula Reaches Agreement to Purchase NFL’s Buffalo Bills [1:16 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The highest price for an NFL franchise was $1.1 billion, which Stephen Ross paid for the Miami Dolphins and their stadium in 2009.'

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.'

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