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ORLANDO, Fla. – Four years and one day later, Russ Brandon stood Monday at the very same patch of carpet upon which his bucking knees somehow kept him upright. Here, outside the Plaza Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando, is where he announced to the world Ralph Wilson had died. "For us to be standing in the exact spot," Brandon said Monday, "is quite su…

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Just like Bills fans everywhere, Mary Wilson was walking on air Monday. Wilson couldn't help but reflect on what the end of the Bills' playoff drought would mean to her late husband, Bills founder and Hall of Fame owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. "Ralph would be over the moon," Mary Wilson said Monday from her Florida home. "He'd be so happy for the fans and for Buffalo. An…

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Samuel’s Grande Manor has a grand idea – to bring back the feel of the old-time supper club. The Pezzino family, who own the Clarence restaurant, are testing the idea out in an 800-seat venue called the Diamond Room. The name sparkles with retro glitz – and might bring back memories of Buffalo legend Lance Diamond, a definite plus. The Pezzinos are presenting their first …

Buffalo Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon this afternoon commented on the team's sale for the first time. The Bills were sold Tuesday to Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula. The transaction is pending league approval at next month's annual fall meeting. "It's been a tremendous week," Brandon said. "It's a great time to be a Buffalonian, and that's a credit to s…

It's a sports mystery on par with who owned the Charlestown Chiefs. Who did late Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson appoint as trustees to oversee selling the team? WBBZ's "All Sports WNY" has reported there are four trustees: widow Mary Wilson, Bills executive vice president of strategic planning Mary Owen, Bills chief financial officer Jeff Littmann and Detroit-based att…

Mary Wilson today became the seventh female principal owner in NFL history, and six of them are currently in charge. Georgia Frontiere, Los Angles/St. Louis Rams Virginia Halas McCaskey, Chicago Bears Denise DeBartolo York, San Francisco 49ers Ann Mara, New York Giants Susie Smith, Tennessee Titans Martha Ford, Detroit Lions Mary Wilson, Buffalo Bills

What does it mean that Mary Wilson has assumed controlling interest in the Buffalo Bills? In short: Not much. NFL bylaws mandate every club must have a single controlling owner, sometimes also referred to as the principal owner. When Bills founder Ralph Wilson died last week, a new one had to be appointed. If anyone other than Mary Wilson had been announced controlling …

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Ralph Wilson's widow now is running the Buffalo Bills. The team announced this afternoon Mary Wilson has taken over as controlling owner. A comment from Mary Wilson suggested no immediate changes will be made in the Bills' operational structure. "I have complete confidence in Russ Brandon, our president and CEO, to continue his duties of running the organization," Mary …

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Ralph Wilson's death has elicited many emotions from Buffalo Bills fans: grief for the loss, sentimentality over what he's done and even anxiety over what will happen next. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reflected on Wilson this morning at a news conference to conclude the annual owners meetings, an event Wilson relished. "He was a special owner," Goodel…