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Jon Bon Jovi wouldn't have moved the Buffalo Bills, was going to buy a home in Western New York and pretty much would abandon his music career, but instead he slipped into a depression partly because he failed to buy the team in 2014. Those were revelations Bon Jovi made Wednesday morning to radio host Howard Stern. The interview was the first time Bon Jovi has spoken a…

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Rocker Jon Bon Jovi said Wednesday in an appearance on "The Howard Stern Show" that he would not have moved the Buffalo Bills if his bid to purchase the team in 2014 had been successful. Bon Jovi also confirmed that Donald Trump, who was in the running for the team, organized a smear campaign against Bon Jovi's group to try to bring down the asking price. That story was…

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Michael Caputo stares out the passenger window of his friend’s silver BMW 750Li. The car provides a smooth ride, but where Caputo’s headed Friday afternoon has his thoughts roiling. Caputo, a political consultant from East Aurora, is being chauffeured to the Capitol for a closed-door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee. He’s about three hours away from te…

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Donald Trump could have owned the Buffalo Bills. Imagine how much different the world would be. We did exactly that for two hours on "The Tim Graham Show" this week at Sports Radio 1270 The Fan. You can listen to the second part of the two-hour show, including interviews with Susan Milligan of U.S. News & World Report and local Trump compatriot Carl Paladino, …

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What if Donald Trump bought the Buffalo Bills? He tried in 2014, long before anyone thought he would be in the Oval Office. Trump submitted one of the three nonbinding bids to buy the Bills after founder Ralph Wilson died. Terry and Kim Pegula's staggering $1.4 billion offer pulverized the field. Jon Bon Jovi's group, which included his Toronto backers, couldn't comp…

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You almost can hear late Yankee Stadium public-address announcer Bob Sheppard proclaiming the man's arrival every Sunday in Orchard Park. Now owning the Buffalo Bills ... the former shortstop ... No. 2 ... Derek Jeter. And there, from the Ralph Wilson Stadium owner's box, the beloved New York Yankees captain would wave to the crowd. Sounds like a fantasy, but maybe the …

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Terry Pegula took time to stress he is not a god. He finds those "In Terry We Trust" signs, Pegulaville references and reverential internet memes a bit unnerving. "If you want to worship somebody, go to church on Sunday," Pegula said after he and his wife, Kim, were introduced as the Buffalo Bills' next owners today in the ADPRO Sports Training Center. "It's sometimes a…

The Buffalo Bills could be sold by the end of the week, perhaps within the next couple days. Multiple binding bids were submitted today to buy the team. Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, rock star Jon Bon Jovi's group and developer Donald Trump made formal offers, sources told The Buffalo News. Two knowledgeable sources said there was a belief the winning bid w…

The Buffalo Bills sale process advances with bidders touring the team's facilities in Orchard Park, the Buffalo News has learned. Two sources close to the sale informed The News the Pegulas and another group were scheduled to check out Ralph Wilson Stadium, the ADPRO Sports Training Center and the team's offices today. The News has been unable to confirm the other group …

In another sign Bon Jovi's bid to buy the Buffalo Bills might be imploding, CBC reporter Elliotte Friedman tweeted this afternoon Tim Leiweke will be leaving Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment soon. That doesn't sound like someone who has confidence he'll be doing a Bills victory lap. Leiweke already has denied the report with a statement: "Any report stating that I am …

In an act of mutual desperation, the Jon Bon Jovi and Jim Kelly groups have had conversations about joining forces in pursuit of the Buffalo Bills. Multiple sources on both sides of the border have told The Buffalo News that Bon Jovi and his Toronto-based partners reached out to Kelly within the past five days for a Hail Mary attempt to help salvage their beleaguered bid.…

As long as the Buffalo Bills' trust has more face-to-face meetings scheduled than known bidders, we'll keep digging to discover who else signed those nondisclosure agreements. The Buffalo News has learned the identity of someone else who has expressed interest in buying the team. Oakland Raiders minority stakeholder David Abrams was among the 20 or so parties to sign and …

The Buffalo News has learned the names of some previously unreported parties involved in the Buffalo Bills sales process. NHL sources (no, that's not a typo) inform me at least two Canadian-based suitors -- in addition to the group led by rock star Jon Bon Jovi -- have explored a Bills purchase. Sources reveal the Aquilini family and John Bitove have gone deep enough int…

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The Buffalo Bills' trust has begun making in-person presentations to prospective buyers, with as many as eight scheduled over the next three weeks, The Buffalo News has learned. Only three candidates were confirmed to have submitted non-binding initial bids by the July 29 deadline. But that date turned out to be flexible, and nobody would say for sure whether any other of…

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Dear Jon Bon Jovi: Recently, there has been a lot of speculation in the community surrounding the possible scenarios that might unfold should you choose to ride into Buffalo – on your steel horse, naturally – and purchase our beloved Buffalo Bills. Until now, I have not said anything publicly out of respect for the fact that, when it comes to sports, no one r…