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The Buffalo Bills were an American football team from Buffalo, New York. They played in the Eastern division of the All-America Football Conference from 1946 to 1949. The team was formed as the Buffalo Bisons, but was renamed in its second season; the new name was a play on famed showman Buffalo Bill Cody, a decision the team hoped would make them more distinctive. When the AAFC league merged with the NFL in 1949, the Bills were not admitted to the new National-American Football League, and instead folded. Today, there is another team bearing the Buffalo Bill name playing in the eastern division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League.