Tom Golisano won't hold back on Bills bid: source

Bills safety Jairus Byrd celebrates an interception against the Jets last November at Ralph Wilson...

Bills safety Jairus Byrd celebrates an interception against the Jets last November at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports/Files)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:17 PM ET

Among upstate New York billionaires lining up to bid on the Buffalo Bills, Terry Pegula has been seen as the one to beat.

But don't underestimate Tom Golisano, who has now decided to bid alone and bid aggressively, QMI Agency has learned.

"There's no way he'll be a passive bidder," said a source familiar with Golisano's intentions.

It was just in early June that the payroll-systems billionaire originally from Rochester, N.Y., said publicly he would bid only out of a sense of philanthropic civic duty, of sorts -- to keep the beloved, iconic Western New York franchise in Buffalo.

Not anymore. He's in it to win it.

Golisano, 72, similarly rescued the bankrupt Buffalo Sabres in 2003 because he wanted the NHL team to remain in town, and no one else locally with the financial resources was stepping up to do so.

After putting the Sabres back on solid financial footing, Golisano sold the team in 2011 to Pegula, an oil-and-gas multi-billionaire.


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