Buffalo Bills back in action after bye [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo’s reality is stark with five weeks left in the regular season. With a 4-7 record, and only one more game scheduled for Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Bills are not in an enviable position in their quest to end a 13-year playoff drought. They are tied for 12th in the AFC, and six teams are ahead of them in the race for the final wild-card berth.'
Publicist: Bon Jovi not 'engaging in any discussions' to buy Bills [1:56 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Bon Jovi has "a day job that's doing very well," Sunshine said in regard to the rock band that bears his client's surname.'
Bringing Bills to Toronto is easier said than done [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The clock continues to tick — but the strategizing has rarely stopped. And all the while, Wilson just keeps getting older and richer 88 ...89... 90 ... 91 ... tick-tick-tick 95, with the value of his football team increasing year after year. Defying business interests, logic and time.'
Premier Kathleen Wynne open to moving Buffalo Bills to Toronto [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“I’m not going to go down that road but as I said, the sports industry is an industry that is very important and tourism is critical,” Wynne said Monday, when asked about a new Buffalo Bills stadium.'
Jon Bon Jovi’s interest in Bills risky business, experts say [1:53 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Asked about the Bon Jovi story, Peddie said: “There are a lot of moving pieces and now (Bon Jovi) is one of them.”'
Wynne open to Buffalo Bills moving to Toronto [1:52 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '“I'm not gonna jump to that. The Bills aren't here yet.”'
Buffalo Bills give us a peek at their electronic playbook [1:51 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'By this season, however, every NFL team had made the transition. It’s a business decision that saves money and a football decision that saves time, and before his team travelled to Toronto for this Sunday’s game, Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham took Sportonomics on a tour of his tablet.'
When it comes to the NFL, Tim Leiweke has history [1:50 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: '“The NFL game on Thursday night [Saints-Falcons] outdrew the NHL in Canada. Nothing outdraws the NHL in Canada, except Rob Ford on the nightly news,” Leiweke said in a keynote address. “They love the NFL up there. It’s unbelievable. Toronto is a vibrant, deep market."'
Wheels (quietly) in motion to move Buffalo Bills to Toronto [1:49 AM]
National Post reports: 'In other words, he does not wish to appear to be waiting eagerly for the 95-year-old Wilson to die, at which point the Bills will be put up for sale. This is a prudent and reasonable strategy, and not just because NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is from Western New York. It is really, even in the merciless world of pro sports, the least one can do.'
Everything you need to know about Toronto, Jon Bon Jovi and the Buffalo Bills [1:48 AM]
National Post reports: 'It would be expensive: The bidding for the Bills could begin at around US$850-million and reach beyond US$1-billion. And the cost of building a new stadium would probably end up doubling the price. (Though it has been suggested that personal seat licences — at say, $20,000 for a seat between the 25-yard lines — could help fund a new stadium.)'
‘Risk-taker’ Leiweke aims to bring Bills to T.O. [1:47 AM]
Sportsnet reports: 'Still, there has always been something about the NFL in Toronto that makes sense, even if after 40 years it hasn’t happened yet. In that sense Tim Leiweke just might be the man for the job, and he’s looking deep.'
Healthy Bills 1 game out of playoff spot [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Helping the good vibes is the fact the AFC's sixth wild-card seed is currently under .500. Six teams are 5-6, while the Bills are one of three teams at 4-7.'
Publicist refutes Bon Jovi's pursuit of Bills [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'Ken Sunshine calls a report that Bon Jovi is actively involved in purchasing the Bills "preposterous." Sunshine notes the Bills are not for sale and adds that Bon Jovi has too much respect for owner Ralph Wilson to consider engaging in discussions for buying the team.'
Bills at full health to kick off practice week [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wide receivers Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods, each of whom sat out of Buffalo's November 17 win over the New York Jets, were back on the field and practicing for the first time since their individual injuries. Johnson injured his right groin against the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Woods suffered a left ankle injury against Kansas City the week prior.'
Bills' Meeks starts practicing, could return Week 15 [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Meeks suffered a high ankle sprain and the team elected to put him on the eight-week reserve listing with a need at quarterback that same week. Both the rookie and quarterback Thad Lewis suffered injuries against Cincinnati, and the Bills decided to put Meeks on IR and sign free agent Matt Flynn.'
Plenty to look for in Bills final five games [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Winning a road game might be at the top of the list. Manuel is 0-3(including the Cleveland game that was tied at 17 when he left). His two worst games have come on the road against the Jets and Pittsburgh. After Sunday's "home" game with Atlanta, the Bills will play at Tampa Bay and Jacksonville. Those two games seemed like sure fire wins a few weeks ago but the Bucs have won 3 straight after an 0-8 start and the Jags have won 2 of 3 after dropping their first 8 games of the season.'
Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods return to practice [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Yeah actually it was just a limited day,” said Johnson. “We’ve got five more games in the regular season so I tried to go a little harder than I was supposed and I was cool with it.”'
Bills bring the heat in-stadium [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'New radiant heaters are making the gameday experience in the Ralph Wilson Stadium sideline clubs feel like summer during the colder late-season games.'
OL Manase Foketi signed to Practice Squad [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Foketi entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos following the 2013 NFL Draft and was released prior to the regular season. The 6-5, 310-pound offensive lineman spent one year at West Texas A&M (2012) after two seasons at Kansas State (2010-11) and one year at Mt. San Antonio (CA) College. He played left tackle as a senior at West Texas A&M and earned the Gene Upshaw Division II Offensive Lineman of the Year award. Foketi will wear No. 63.'
Doug Marrone: ''We’re at full strength'' [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We’re looking forward to going up to Toronto and playing. It’s a great city, great place; we’ve got to learn to win. We’ve got to learn to win at home in Buffalo, we’ve got to learn to win in Toronto, we’ve got to learn to win on the road. I think those are the most important things. That’s what we’re doing, we’re getting ready to go play and we’re excited.'
Stevie Johnson: ''the Bills have to get the win'' [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We’ve got to do our part. They can do whatever other teams do; they can do whatever they want to. At the end of the day, the Bills have to get the win and that’s it. Not worry about anything else.'
Jairus Byrd ''open-minded'' to re-signing with Bills [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Of course, absolutely, open minded, absolutely. Definitely,” said Byrd. “I’m not going to close my mind on anything. I’m open to whatever might come. I’m leaving that to my agent and those guys. I’m out of it. I’m just going to play the best football I can for the team and try to win games and then that stuff will get handled eventually.”'
Robert Woods ''back in the swing of things'' [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It felt good. Felt good to be back out there with the guys at practice and get back in to the swing of things. Just feels good to be back out there.'
Marrone expects Bills’ rookies to steer clear of ‘wall’ [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Coming back, I don’t see it as much now,” Marrone said. “I think practices have changed. The last time I was in the league, we had a couple rookies starting for us in New Orleans and we went to the playoffs. We really made a conscious effort to make sure those guys didn’t do that,” referring to the team’s young players running out of steam in the season’s final month.'
Is it ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ – could Bon Jovi own Bills? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the report also notes that league sources say Rogers Communications, a media conglomerate worth billions, is the “prime suitor” for the franchise.'
Fans need to be responsible for their behavior [1:57 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'You mean a sober, rational-thinking adult would be expected to conclude that risking a near-three story backwards fall from a stadium railing on a cold windy afternoon wasn’t the most cerebral choice?'
Jon Bon Jovi interested in buying Buffalo Bills: Report [1:56 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The main competition for Bon Jovi, of course, is Canadian communications giant Rogers Communications, which has formed a profitable relationship with Wilson that has resulted in the Bills playing one regular season game at Rogers Centre.'
Bon Jovi, MLSE livin' on prayers if they envision Toronto Bills before 2020 [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Even if the Bon Jovi/MLSE group were to purchase the Bills after Wilson's death, they'd almost certainly keep the club based in Buffalo through this decade, because of the lease deal.'
Jon Bon Jovi, MLSE give Toronto inside track on Buffalo Bills [1:54 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '“Jon and I are very good friends,” Leiweke said Sunday. “We talk weekly about his NFL ambitions. And so we’re actively engaged, but I think it’s still a work in progress.”'
Bon Jovi buying Bills, building new Toronto stadium would be a $2-billion play [1:53 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'The Rogers family’s net worth is estimated at $6.41-billion, which dwarfs even Tanenbaum and makes Bon Jovi a small player. Some insiders see Edward Rogers, 44, emerging as the majority owner in a bid with Tanenbaum and Bon Jovi, who is certainly handy as a front man for now, taking minority stakes. Indeed, there are already whispers of friction among the trio over just who will be the major player.'
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