Just when you thought you had the sale of the Buffalo Bills all figured out, new entrants get thrown into the mix.
According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, the Bills have up to eight suitors that are scheduled to meet with the estate of Ralph Wilson, Jr.. While the exact number is not known, it is more than the three bidders that have been confirmed to have submitted nonbinding bids ahead of the July 29 deadline.
While it was earmarked for quite some time as the first big day of the sale, as it turns out the deadline was flexible. As the Bills are a privately owned entity, they can change deadlines as they see fit, which led to the flexibility of allowing other groups to indicate their interest.
The three parties that have been mentioned since July 29 have been Terry and Kim Pegula, the Toronto-based group led by Jon Bon Jovi and Donald Trump. While that trio has been identified, the names of other persons or groups have yet to be in more than a speculative manner.
There has been at least some speculation regarding two others that could possibly have interest in the team. There is the Los Angeles-based hedgefund manager Jeffrey Gundlach, who has ties to western New York, along with Pabst Blue Ribbon owner C. Dean Metropoulos.
It is unclear if these are two of the 'mystery' groups that have advanced to the next stage. A part of that next stage, though, will be the aforementioned in-person meetings that will take place over the next three weeks, some of which in the Detroit area. Trump has already gone through the process, and the Pegulas will meet with the trust next week in New York City, according to Graham's report.