UPDATE: It's looking like it's a done deal, and Terry Pegula will be announced as the next owner of the Buffalo Bills today. Of course the move is still pending league approval.
I'm told tentative agreement has been reached between the Bills and the Pegulas and an official announcement should come today.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) September 9, 2014
We wrote an article a few months ago about what this deal could mean for the Sabres, or if you want to continue to follow this story from a Bills perspective, make sure to head over to Buffalo Rumblings.
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ORIGINAL: According to multiple reports, Terry Pegula is about to become an NFL owner. The long Bills sale process is finally coming to a close.
Multiple reporters, including Adam Schefter, Ian Rapoport, Joe Buscaglia, and Adam Benigni, say that Pegula is close to a deal and that the announcement could come as soon as Tuesday. Yesterday was the deadline for the final bids to be submitted.
If that is the case, Pegula will have beat out the Toronto-led Jon Bon Jovi group and Donald Trump, as well as possibly other unnamed bidders.
Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula is on verge of buying the Buffalo Bills, per league sources, and the process is said to be "moving quick."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 9, 2014
Another update phoned into the desk: Bills sale moving fast and in Pegula's direction. Maybe even overnight. Sounds like a record NFL sale.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) September 9, 2014
Pegulas are very confident. League source would be "shocked" if it went any other way.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) September 9, 2014
Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula has emerged as the clear front-runner to buy the #Bills, source says. Agreement could even come tomorrow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2014
Speculation began early in the night when Pegula's daughter Kim tweeted out multiple exclamation points and followed the Bills on Twitter. That's an enormous case of reading between the lines, but as time went along more concrete reports began to emerge.
If an agreement is reached today, Pegula could be approved at the owners meeting in October.
Pegula has been thought of as the front runner in the sale process for quite a while now, thanks largely to the lock down lease and the trust's weariness in the Toronto based group's intentions.
Check out SB Nation's Bills site Buffalo Rumblings for the latest news in the sale.