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May 29, 2014

Golisano plans to buy Bills

Former Sabres savior expresses interest.

BUFFALO —

Former Sabres owner Tom Golisano has met with Buffalo Bills officials and public leaders, and informed them of his interest in purchasing the NFL franchise, said people involved with the negotiations.
One person said Wednesday that Golisano also has had talks with developer Scott Congel to be his partner in the potential ownership group. The person added that their discussions have included the proposal of building a new stadium in West Seneca, about a 10-minute drive from the Bills’ current home, Ralph Wilson Stadium. The people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Golisano has not publicly announced his plans.
The land where the proposed stadium would be built belongs to Pyramid Management Group, which is owned by Robert Congel, Scott’s father. The Syracuse-based company is one of the largest shopping mall developers in the northeast.
A person at Golisano’s office told the AP Wednesday that he has no comment regarding the Bills. Golisano also failed to return a message left on his cellphone.
Congel declined to comment about a potential partnership with Golisano in an interview with The Buffalo News published on the newspaper’s website Wednesday evening. Congel did confirm he has made plans to redevelop the Shops at West Seneca land, which would include the potential of building a 60,000-plus seat stadium.
The Bills are on the market after the team’s Hall of Fame owner and founder, Ralph Wilson, died in March. Wilson’s estate hired an attorneys and an investment banking firm last week to oversee the sale. They are expected to begin contacting prospective ownership groups by the end of next month.
A new owner could be identified by as early as the end of July. The new owner would require approval from 24 of the NFL’s 31 owners.

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