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Pabst, Twinkie kingpin Metropoulos will consider buying Buffalo Bills

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Fewer things are more certain around here than Buffalo Bills fans not wanting their team owned by a New Jersey rocker with Toronto ties.

What about the owner of Pabst Blue Ribbon, the same guy who recently resurrected the Twinkie?

Hello, dreamboat.

C. Dean Metropoulos, the food and beverage magnate who was a runner-up to Shad Khan for the Jacksonville Jaguars three years ago, will take a look at the Bills when the team's financial advisers produce their sales book.

"The Metropoulos family has a continued interest in acquiring an NFL franchise and expects to review any such opportunity," a Metropoulos spokesman told The Buffalo News today.

There was no further comment.

The Los Angeles Times reported in 2008 that Metropoulos was in negotiations to purchase 30 percent of the Jaguars, then another 30 percent the next year and the final 40 percent the year after.

A sale didn't happen, and the Jaguars were auctioned off in 2011. Khan outbid Metropoulos at $760 million.

Forbes estimates Metropoulos is worth $1.3 billion.

Metropoulos and his sons, Evan and Daren, purchased Pabst Brewing Co. for $250 million in 2011. Their private equity group partnered with another company to buy Hostess out of bankruptcy for $410 million last year. Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs had been off the shelves for months.

Metropoulos sold Pinnacle Food for $2.2 billion in 2007 and Chef Boyardee and Bumble Bee Tuna (as part of International Home Foods) for $2.9 billion in 2000.

  • Jimbo

    An owner of a cheap, sh*tty beer owning a cheap, sh*tty team. Sounds like a great fit to me.

    • Daniel Firstline

      Gee, do you feel like a man now, with your cheap fake user ID and completely stupid, infantile, immatute, and vulgar comment? What a total fool. And coward.

      • WHAT?

        The guy does sound like a bottom line corporate raider, however. A bid by him, with a net worth of $1.3 billion, sounds like it would have to be heavily leveraged, not a good thing for a small market, low cash flow team.

        • Jester

          It will be leveraged by his private equity group...

          Metropoulos and his sons, Evan and Daren, purchased Pabst Brewing Co. for $250 million in 2011. Their private equity group partnered with another company to buy Hostess out of bankruptcy for $410 million last year. Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs had been off the shelves for months.

          Metropoulos sold Pinnacle Food for $2.2 billion in 2007 and Chef Boyardee and Bumble Bee Tuna (as part of International Home Foods) for $2.9 billion in 2000

          • Larry T

            Even leveraged by the private equity group, it will be costly. He was outbid for Jacksonville at 760 million. I don't think that this will ever turn into a serious bid.

          • WHAT?

            And as the purchases were heavily leveraged, most of the proceeds went to someone else. The facts you have presented don't change his net worth estimate, and the fact that the companies purchased were sold not that long after the purchase is hardly demonstrating a model for stable NFL ownership, further supporting my point.

          • Larry T

            Exactly.

    • jwdundee

      I can see it now, A PBR patio with all you can drink for the alcoholics and a Twinkie Terrace with wider seats for the wide-bodies.

      • PEACEFUL ONE!

        LOL

      • JT

        Now that's funny LOL

  • eastamherstbias

    I don't think he has enough money to make it happen.

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  • IgnatiusJacquesReilly

    When Metropoulos bought Pabst, he immediately moved both the symbolic headquarters of Pabst from Milwaukee, and the actual one from San Antonio to Los Angeles.

  • Rich

    Twinkie Stadium new home of the Buffalo Ding Dongs.

    • mikek L

      Deep fried twinkies now available at all concession stands!

      • billycelia

        Twinkies & Ding Dongs with Buffalo Hot Sauce

        • Terry John

          Dipped in Blue Cheese......mmmmmmm

          • Cannibal King

            Don't forget the celery so we can all say we're eating healthy!

      • Ralph Wiggum

        Then Bills fans really will be fat, drunk, and stupid.

        • cbenker

          But happy!!

        • Cannibal King

          ... -er.

      • disqus_9NsNZcWKUo

        Deep fried...on weck.

  • HarleyRider77

    Since the Jags have had 3 losing seasons under Hhan's ownership, maybe it's best this guy didn't buy the Jags and saved his money for Buffalo. PBR is a lousy beer but i have drank worst (younger years of course...like Schmidts & Genesee). PBR Stadium has a ring to it unless he sold the naming rights.

  • rick131

    The Bills are worth about two billion. No one person is going to be able to afford them. It will take a group.

    • Thomas Elderwine

      Oh, it's 2 billion now? Funny, last week it was just under a billion.

  • Thomas Elderwine

    Compared to Golisano, Trump, and Pegula--and even the Jacobs---this guy isn't going to win the bid.

  • BuffBooster

    The colors - red, white, and blue - of the Pabst beer containers match the Bills' uniforms so perhaps the organization could generate extra revenue (through increased beer sales) for free agents by having the players advertise via the Pabst logo on their jersey sleeves. I mean, what a fashion statement! Sales of Bills gear would go through the roof nationally. Plus, no other brew but Pabst would be sold at the Ralph's concession stands, further boosting the team's bottom line.
    And the Bills have had more than their share of Twinkies , Ho Hos (as in laughers) and Ding Dongs on their roster over the years so this could be a marriage made in heaven.

  • Here we go, again!

    PBR will be the only beer at "Twinkie Stadium"

  • Glenn Edward Miller

    Well who ever buys them take your hat and shoes off you will be staying a while you ain't moving them no where period. And why would you? DON"T EVEN TRY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Datdude

    If he's only worth 1.3 billion, he shouldn't even bother.

    • JD Gram

      It would stink to ONLY be worth 1.3 BILLION. :) I know what you are say though.

    • JD Gram

      It would stink to ONLY be worth 1.3 BILLION. :) I know what you are saying though.

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