Donald Trump criticzes Terry Pegula, says Bills won't win
Real estate mogul Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning to criticize new Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula and the NFL in general.
Trump was one of several candidates that made bids on the Bills after it was announced the team would go on sale following the death of founding owner Ralph Wilson in March.
Pegula, also the owner of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, and his wife Kim reached an agreement to buy the team for $1.4 billion early last month and were officially approved as new owners at the NFL fall owners' meeting last week.
In his tweets, Trump pointed to the Sabres' lack of success under Pegula and called NFL games "boring."
The people of Buffalo should be happy Terry Pegula got the team but I hope he does better w/the Bills than he has w/the Sabres. Good luck!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2014
Even though I refused to pay a ridiculous price for the Buffalo Bills, I would have produced a winner. Now that won’t happen.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2014
Pegula, who made his fortune largely through natural gas development, has owned the Sabres since February 2011. In the three full seasons since Pegula took over, the team's winning percentage has declined each year, with the team finishing with the lowest points total in the Eastern Conference in 2013-14.
The Sabres have gone 0-2 to start the season.
Trump's bid and the Pegulas' bid were reportedly two of just three bids to make it past the first round of the bidding process, with the other being a Toronto-based group headlined by rock star Jon Bon Jovi.
Trump reportedly bid less than $900 million for the team, which was valued by Forbes at $935 million in August. He had said this summer he didn't expect to win the team since he wasn't planning on making a "totally stupid" bid.
The news of the sale of the Bills to the Pegulas was cause for celebration among the team's fans, as it meant the franchise would stay in Buffalo. There had been speculation that other potential owners would attempt to move the team elsewhere.
The Bills are 3-3 this season and are in second place in the AFC East.
- Ben Estes