The Associated Press reported Friday that the group has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork. The group includes the Rogers family and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Raptors.
The forms give prospective bidders access to the Bills' financial details as they prepare their bids. More forms need to be submitted to the NFL later this month in order to gain more information.
The group's intentions aren't know, but speculation has them moving the team to Toronto – which hosted one Bills game each of the last six seasons with middling interest – to play in the Rogers Centre. That has prompted several Buffalo-area groups and radio stations to avoid playing Bon Jovi songs as a form of protest. Any move would require a buyout of the Bills' lease, which carries a $400 relocation penalty except for a brief window in 2020, when the lease reduces the penalty to $28.4 million. The lease runs through 2022.
Other confirmed bidders for the Bills include Donald Trump, former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano and current Sabres owner Terry Pegula. At least 10 sets of preliminary documents have been returned by would-be bidders.
The Bills have been valued at $870 million by Forbes.
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