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Canucks chairman confirms Bills interest, but announces his family's not in the hunt

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Vancouver Canucks chairman Francesco Aquilini explored purchasing the Buffalo Bills.

But he has informed The Buffalo News his family has withdrawn from the process.

"I'm always exploring potential business opportunities, and I'm passionate about sports. So this is something that interested me," Aquilini said in a statement to The News. "However, we are not planning to pursue the opportunity further."

The Bills appealed to the Aquilini family enough that it signed the nondisclosure agreement for access to the Bills' financial data.

  • AGD

    Tim, great reporting as always. But there are some questions crying out for reporting and analysis. Foremost among them are whether the assurances about non-relocation (which have apparently plagued the Bon Jovi bid) are requirements of the lease only or whether this is a criterion of Ralph Wilson's trust. Also, if Jeremy Jacobs cannot buy, why can Aquilini?

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining NFL.com as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida.