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A plugged-in source on the Bills ownership efforts tells The News that the possible partnership between B. Thomas Golisano and Scott R. Congel is dead. Golisano still wants to bid, the source said.

In May, The News reported that Congel, one of the most successful shopping mall developers in the nation, was considering working with billionaire Golisano to purchase the Buffalo Bills in conjunction with a $700 million development of a long-dormant West Seneca plaza. Sources familiar with the situation at the time said that development could include a new stadium for the team.

Congel, whose family has long run the Pyramid Cos. that built and manages the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, declined to comment at the time when asked if he sought to buy part of the team, as did Golisano.

More to come.