Oct 17, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; recording artist Jon Bon Jovi watches the game with MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum (on right) during the Toronto Raptors NBA game against the Washington Wizards at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Wizards 104-101. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Bon Jovi still linked to Buffalo Bills


Jan 31, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Singer Jon Bon Jovi walks the red carpet prior to attending the Howard Stern 60th Birthday Bash at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Upon the passing of the Buffalo Bills owner, Ralph Wilson Jr. there was a report that “rock” legend Jon Bon Jovi had interest in buying the Buffalo Bills. Well once again Bon Jovi has been linked to having extreme interest in buying the Bills.

“NFL honchos expect rocker Jon Bon Jovi to make a push to purchase the Bills, perhaps in concert with Maple Leafs magnate Larry Tanenbaum. Bon Jovi is connected with Tanenbaum and Tim Leiweke, CEO of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment Group. There were rumors about Bon Jovi wanting to purchase the team before Ralph Wilson’s death, but the team was not for sale then. It is now. There are expected to be other bidders as well, and a primary factor in who gets the team is going to be where the Bills will call home. If one of the ownership groups can get a stadium built in Buffalo, that group may have the edge. It is possible the Bon Jovi group may want to relocate to Toronto—or even Los Angeles. Lieweke previously was involved with the L.A. Kings and tried to bring an NFL team there before.” – Dan Pompei, Bleacher Report

As you can tell by the report above, Bon Jovi would be considered an owner who would potential try to relocate the Buffalo Bills. If he did make a push and purchased the Bills, it would be a few years until the team would be relocated but out of all the interested buyers, Bon Jovi is probably last on many fans list. Even though he may be able to put on a great halftime show, fans and analyst around the NFL world would hate to see the Bills leave western New York. For now it is just a report and if he does make the final round, it still would have to be approved by a majority of other league franchises.

 

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  • Rob Dotzler

    The Bills are a mere 2 years older than me, I hope there will never be a Toronto Bills, an LA Bills or an anywhere else Bills. I’d hope the league the would honor Ralph’s memory and vision and never allow a move. This town has always heavily supported the team year in and year out, no matter the standings. That says a hell of a lot about the character this struggling rust belt city as it supports them at all times. Expand the league if you must, but to move this team out of Buffalo would be like spitting on Ralph’s grave. Especially as the team continues to sell out almost every game.

    Bon Jovi’s music might not be my cup of tea, but I I don’t think you needed to quote, unquote the word rock in the story, the music he plays is technically part of the rock genre, pop though it mostly is. However, if he becomes part of a group that ends up relocating the team, THEN feel free to disrespect him all you want. I’ll be right there with ya.

  • Nate G.

    Well I put the word Rock in quotes because in his later career he has moved towards pop and country more than rock. Sorry if you felt that was disrespecting him. If your an older person you associate Bon Jovi with rock. Someone in there early 20′s or younger won’t truly know he was a rock superstar, because all they hear is the pop/country songs (Not saying there is anything wrong with that).

  • Rob Dotzler

    LOL! Great point, although I don’t think of 51 as older per se. Bon Jovi has to be somewhere in that neighborhood as well I figure. Nobody calls him older yet! Yeah, I could do without pop/country myself. It’s funny as hell that you write “Not saying there is anything wrong with that” and those are the same words used in a Seinfeld episode (an episode is almost the same thing as a webisode) when they were discussing gay people. Seinfeld, for you younger folks, was a comedy on NBC in the 90′s. NBC was a network (a television {a television is that big thing that looks like your smart phone when you have it held the long way} channel that you don’t need a satellite watch, it could/can be seen with something called rabbit ears, a form of receiving radio waves into a device. They actually have those devices within your smart phones (small televisions combined with a phone for us older folks). I, of course used wiki to verify this information with the assistance of my daughter… ;-) Now, I have to use my stair device to ride down to the basement to get my OV’s and Seagrams to start the evening liver damage. Nothing like 60′s Canadian alcohol to get the party started! This has been fun, remembering the old days when “I’m a Cowboy” topped the charts (for some unknown reason…) and spandex were all the rage. At least I am old enough that “Godzilla”, “Children of the Sun”, “Money”, “Black Betty”, “Hair of the Dog” and “Sweetleaf” were killer choices to listen to, rather than “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’”. Ah, we had some real choices back then. You guys are boned these days. Every single one of you youngin’s should rip into your parents record collections, buy a turntable if you must, and grab all that you can that was recorded from 1964 to 1979, unless it’s disco of course, and let it rock, while watching youtube video’s of Bill’s games (not the post OJ years of course until you get to the Kelley years), but do yourselves a favor and keep playing those oldies. If anyone needs advice on how to match these up, just let me know, you know, before I start to lose my memories….

    Seriously, though, this was a really fun rant. Sorry I got caught up in music, I just happen to associate the former Rich Stadium with concerts as much as I do with the Bills of the 70′s and the music scene was typically a better time than most of the Bills games back then. The biggest show of my young life was the Blue Oyster Cult headlined Summerfest of ’77, it was the highlight of that era. I was 14, almost 15 for that show and it changed my life. The Bills back then? Yeah, that was painful. For years to come too.