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Canucks owner confirms interest in Bills

Aug 11, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

Canucks chairman Francesco Aquilini confirmed The Buffalo News story Friday that he had interest in purchasing the Buffalo Bills.

However, Aqulini told the paper through a statement that he wouldn’t be pursing the NFL club further.

“I’m always exploring potential business opportunities, and I’m passionate about sports. So this is something that interested me. However, we are not planning to pursue the opportunity further.”

According to the report, Aquilini had signed a nondisclosure agreement for access to the Bills’ financial data.

Aquilini, 53, has been the majority owner of the Canucks since November 2006.

The Buffalo News story also reported that John Bitove, the man responsible for landing the Raptors in Toronto, is among those who signed a nondisclosure agreement.

The paper’s sources say as many as 60 nondisclosure agreements were distributed, but just 16 to 20 were signed and returned.

The NFL club is for sale after its founder and owner, Ralph Wilson, died in March.

Related: Report: Sabres’ owner Pegula makes bid for NFL’s Bills

  1. patthehockeyfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    And the people in Buffalo are wiping their brows and saying, “PHEW and AMEN! That was close!”

  2. bullwinkle88 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    This is a non-story.

    • govtminion - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      One which you found time out of your busy day to post in anyway.

  3. djshnooks - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Uh, this was reported last week.

    He stands zero chance against Pegula.

    • imleftcoast - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      He isn’t even pursuing it. I guess there was some confusion on what was appropriate to post on Canucks Day.

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