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The Buffalo Bills are 5-3 halfway through the season as they hit their bye week. WBFO's Jay Moran and commentator Matt Sabuda look ahead at what the team needs to do as they head into the second half of the season in this week's "Beyond the Playbook."

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Plans were announced Wednesday for the first Big 4 Basketball Classic on Saturday, November 29, at First Niagara Center. Planners may have scored with fans by designing special throwback uniforms that feature the colors of the Buffalo Braves.

'Beyond the Playbook': Bills beat the Jets

Oct 27, 2014

Courtesy of six turnovers from the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills earned a 43-23 victory on Sunday. In this morning's "Beyond the Playbook," Matt Sabuda says the Bills allowed the Jets to stay in the game, but in the end they produced a big win on the road.

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The Buffalo Bills are now 5 and 3, heading into the team’s bye-week.  The Bills grounded the New York Jets this afternoon closing out the game with a 20 point lead, 43 to 23.

'Beyond the Playbook': Old rivals meet again Sunday

Oct 24, 2014

With the Buffalo Bills visiting the New York Jets this Sunday, Matt Sabuda considers the rivalry that dates back to the original days of the American Football League.

'Beyond the Playbook': Bills edge the Vikings

Oct 20, 2014
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The Buffalo Bills 17-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings showed both sides of the team, says Matt Sabuda in Monday morning's "Beyond the Playbook" on WBFO.

Buffalo to host NHL Draft in 2016

Oct 13, 2014
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has confirmed that Buffalo will host the NHL Draft in 2016. The event will be held on June 24 and 25.

'Beyond the Playbook': Pats spoil Pegula party

Oct 13, 2014

The Patriots may have beaten the Buffalo Bills badly on Sunday, 37-22, but the season is far from lost. That's the view offered during "Beyond the Playbook" by Matt Sabuda, who believes a favorable schedule could allow the Bills to stay close to the top of the AFC East.

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Buffalo Bills fans are celebrating as the whirlwind sale of the team to Terry and Kim Pegula reaches it conclusion. The sale price of $1.4 billion is the highest in the history of the NFL.

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Hockey fans gathered in Alumni Plaza outside of First Niagara Center Thursday night. The Party in the Plaza preceded the return of the Buffalo Sabres for another season in the NHL.

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A new stadium will likely be the next big topic of conversation surrounding the Buffalo Bills now that the sale of the team to Terry and Kim Pegula has been approved by NFL Owners.  One authority on sports management says the Pegulas may have given Buffalo fans just what they needed - stability and viability.

Pegulas unanimously approved as Bills owners

Oct 8, 2014
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NFL owners have unanimously approved the sale of the Buffalo Bills to Terry and Kim Pegula.

Twitter user boasts about lasering Bills players

Oct 7, 2014

The Buffalo Bills win in Detroit Sunday was followed by word that someone in the dome may have used a laser pointer to distract Buffalo players.  Now there's this - someone actually bragged about it on twitter. 

A big week for the Buffalo Bills, coming off a win over the lions yesterday and heading into the NFL ownership vote Wednesday.  WBFO's Jay Moran goes "Beyond the Playbook" with Matt Sabuda:

With a final score of 17-14, the Buffalo Bills tamed the Detroit Lions Sunday afternoon.

'Beyond the Playbook': Bills prepare for Detroit

Oct 3, 2014

Sunday's Bills-Lions game in Detroit carries a special connection, said Matt Sabuda on WBFO's "Beyond the Playbook." Before he founded the Buffalo Bills, Ralph Wilson was a minority owner of the Lions.

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The NFL blackout rule has been lifted, but don't get too excited yet. The Federal Communications Commission voted today to lift the more than 40-year-old ban on broadcasting games locally that do not sell out, but the league still has to change its' policy.

The Buffalo Bills have announced that quarterback Kyle Orton will get the start in Detroit next Sunday, in place of EJ Manuel, who will assume the backup role.

EJ Manuel did nothing to appease his critics in Sunday's loss in Houston, but poor offensive line play and numerous dropped balls also contributed to the loss. Matt Sabuda shares his analysis of the game in our weekly installment of Beyond The Playbook.

The Buffalo Bills visit the Houston Texans Sunday, with both teams sporting 2-1 records. As Matt Sabuda points out in WBFO's "Beyond the Playbook," some other remarkable connections exist, including an unusually close relationship between the head coaches.

Hockey prospects game to feature draft prize Eichel

Sep 25, 2014
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The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will take place at First Niagara Center in Downtown Buffalo Thursday. The game will feature some of the best young talent in the world, including top prospect John “Jack” Eichel.

Sabres start training camp with positive attitude

Sep 18, 2014
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The Buffalo Sabres have opened training camp. Veteran players reported to First Niagara Center for routine testing and physicals early Thursday morning.

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The Buffalo Bills open their home schedule this Sunday with a game against the Miami Dolphins and if you don't already have a ticket, you can expect to pay a premium on the secondary market.

Calling it "generational electricity," Matt Sabuda says anticipation for Sunday's Buffalo Bills home opener may be at an all-time high. During "Beyond the Playbook" on WBFO's Morning Edition, Sabuda discussed the announcement that the Bills will be sold to Terry and Kim Pegula.

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The owners of the Buffalo Sabres have been chosen to be the new owners of the Buffalo Bills. Terry and Kim Pegula have made the winning bid to take ownership of the storied NFL franchise.

The Buffalo Bills and the team's likely incoming owner, Terry Pegula, both issued statements Tuesday afternoon, making their sale agreement official. Donald Trump and Jon Bon Jovi, who both lost out in the bidding process, also issued remarks.

Just days after he was signed, the Buffalo Bills released back-up quarterback Jordan Palmer Friday.

Jamestown is losing its minor league baseball franchise to a bigger market. Owner Rich Baseball Operations is moving the team to Morgantown, West Virginia.

Sabres to host OHL game, top prospect McDavid

Aug 21, 2014
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The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday that they will host a game between the Erie Otters and the Niagara IceDogs at First Niagara Center this fall. The Ontario Hockey League game will showcase the talent of the world’s top junior prospect, Connor McDavid.

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A person familiar with the Buffalo Bills sale timetable tells The Associated Press that the process is entering the final stage with prospective buyers asked to submit formal bids in two weeks.