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Pegulas closely watch developments in Bills sale

Pegulas closely watch developments in Bills sale Kim and Terry Pegula (Mark Mulville/News file photo)

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Terry and Kim Pegula came close – but not officially close – to acknowledging their interest in purchasing the Buffalo Bills today with a statement indicating they are “following” developments surrounding the sale.

The statement from Michael Gilbert, vice president of public and community relations for the Buffalo Sabres hockey club that the couple owns, offers little new information beyond the Pegulas’ already stated intention of keeping the football team in Western New York.

But it also follows on the heels of continued reports indicating their interest in the Bills.

“Terry and Kim Pegula have a deep commitment to Buffalo and Western New York. Their ownership of the Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans and the construction of Harborcenter are evidence of that fact,” Gilbert said.

“Like everyone else in this community, they have a strong desire to have the Buffalo Bills remain a centerpiece of this region,” he continued. “Accordingly, they have been following the developments involving the sale of the Bills. However, out of respect for the process being conducted by representatives of the Wilson estate and the Bills, they will not be making any additional comments about the sale process.”

Several sources independent of the Sabres have confirmed the interest of the Pegulas in buying the team, along with several other local and out of town parties.

email: rmccarthy@buffnews.com

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