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Could Bon Jovi Try to Buy the Bills?



There has been plenty of speculation over the years about the future ownership of the Buffalo Bills given current owner, Ralph Wilson's age of 95. The latest comes from CBS' Jason LaCanfora who reported today that sources tell him that singer Jon Bon Jovi is very interested in purchasing an NFL team and that he has been meeting with key people in the Western New York area over the past few months with the Bills on his mind.

Bon Jovi would be in competition with numerous groups to land the Bills, most prominently, Rogers Communications who already holds an agreement with the team to play an annual game at the Rogers' Center in Toronto. The latest game there is slated for next Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

In his report, LaCanfora noted that the league would like to keep the Bills as a regional franchise drawing fans from both Western New York and Canada.

According to a report in the Toronto Sun, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment which owns the Maple Leafs, Raptors and the Rogers Center, is working on the design of an NFL-style stadium to accomodate the Bills. The final cost for a new stadium could be $1 billion.

Bon Jovi is friends with the CEO of MLSE, Tim Lieweke and the Bon Jovi/MLSE group could be competing with Rogers Communications for the Bills franchise.

The Bills released the following statement on Sunday after the reports surfaced. "Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. is the founder of the Buffalo Bills franchise.  The organization does not respond to reports of the interest other parties may have in ownership of the franchise or of speculation concerning various groups that may have such interest."

Jon Bon Jovi's publicist tells The Associated Press that while the New Jersey rocker is interested in becoming an NFL owner one day, he's not currently pursuing the Buffalo Bills.

Ken Sunshine calls a report that Bon Jovi is actively involved in purchasing the Bills "preposterous." Sunshine notes the Bills are not for sale and adds that Bon Jovi has too much respect for owner Ralph Wilson to consider engaging in discussions for buying the team.


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