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Group studies Bills stadium in Toronto

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the Bills and building a stadium in Toronto, an associate of it said Thursday.

The group, which includes the chairman of the Raptors and Maple Leafs and owner of the Blue Jays, has not announced its hopes of buying the team. But Andy Bergmann, an investment banker overseeing its stadium plans, said it has done studies.

"All of our work has been about a generic site and whether it was more rural or urban," he wrote in an email. "We are aware of potential sites in the western N.Y. and southern Ontario region and are … meeting with two Buffalo area developers next week."

The Bills are being sold after the March death of owner Ralph Wilson. Under terms of their stadium lease, they can't negotiate with anyone who to their knowledge intends to move them until 2022.

Falcons extension: Atlanta receiver Roddy White, 32, agreed to a four-year extension that espn.com reported is worth up to $30 million.

Lynch holdout: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will hold out for a new contract, NFL Network analyst and ex-teammate Michael Robinson reported. He has two years left on a four-year, $30 million deal that pays him $5.5 million in 2014.

Browns: Receiver Josh Gordon, arrested this month on a charge of driving while intoxicated and cited for marijuana possession in May, will meet with NFL officials Aug. 1, the Associated Press reported. He faces a season-long suspension under the substance-abuse policy, according to multiple media outlets.

49ers: Linebacker Aldon Smith said he will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell soon to discuss a potential suspension. Last week, he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges.

Jaguars: Receiver Justin Blackmon, suspended indefinitely under the substance-abuse policy, was arrested in Edmond, Okla., on a charge of marijuana possession. Owner Shad Khan said Blackmon will stay on the roster: "It's very important for him to get help."

Group studies Bills stadium in Toronto 07/24/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:37pm]
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