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L.A. financier would want to keep Bills in Buffalo

There are going to be people stepping forward to try to buy the Bills and keep them in Buffalo when the time comes for Ralph Wilson's estate to sell the team.

Another one has made himself known. Jeffrey Gundlach, a bond fund manager in Los Angeles, told the Wall Street Journal that he's looking to put a group together that would bid on the Bills when the franchise is put up for sale. Gundlach said he has broached the idea with some wealthy clients for whom he manages money.

“I’m trying to put a group together to buy it,” Gundlach told the Journal. "Now, I’m thinking about thinking about it.”

According to the Journal's blog item, Gundlach was brought up in Buffalo. He was a star fund manager for Trust Co. of the West, which he joined as a bond analyst in 1985. He later founded DoubleLine Capital, which is headquartered in Los Angeles.

Sabres owner Terry Pegula, Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly and former Sabres owner Tom Golisano are among those who have expressed an interest in bidding on the team and keeping it in Buffalo when it is sold by the estate.

The link to the WSJ blog: http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2011/05/26/bills-draw-another-interested-buyer/

---Mark Gaughan

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