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Bon Jovi’s chunk of the Falcons would be a large one

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that Falcons owner Arthur Blank may sell a slice of the team to rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

As it turns out, it’s a lot more than the courtesy slivers that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has sold to the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, and others.  Mort reports that Bon Jovi could be buying 15 percent of the team, at a price tag of $150 million.

The figure translates to a franchise value of $1 billion.

Though Blank downplayed the possibility of doing a deal with Bon Jovi, Mortensen says that Blank generally plans to sell of part of the team in order to raise money, possibly to help pay for a new stadium.

Under league rules, one person must own only 30 percent to qualify as the owner of an NFL team, with the exception of the Green Bay shareholder model that existed before the current rules — and with the exception of the one-time exception the league made to allow Dan Rooney and Art Rooney to count as one person.

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21 Responses to “Bon Jovi’s chunk of the Falcons would be a large one”
  1. heyooooh says: Feb 7, 2011 2:39 PM

    The real news here is…Bon Jovi has $150 mil to blow on a football team? Did that many people buy his crappy albums? Wow!

  2. amanistumor says: Feb 7, 2011 2:52 PM

    How’s he going to pay? Unused Philadelphia Soul tickets?

  3. biggedso says: Feb 7, 2011 2:55 PM

    i thought he blew it all on hairspray in the 90’s.

  4. Deb says: Feb 7, 2011 3:02 PM

    Oh shut up, heyooooh. Just because Bon Jovi doesn’t appeal to you, doesn’t mean he has no appeal … obviously.

  5. 4evrnyt says: Feb 7, 2011 3:15 PM


    All your comment does is show your age. If you were more then a glimmer in your father’s eye during the 80’s and early 90’s then you’d realize that Bon Jovi used to be freaking huge! $150,000,000 is probably chump change to that guy.

  6. realitypolice says: Feb 7, 2011 3:31 PM

    heyooooh says:
    Feb 7, 2011 2:39 PM
    The real news here is…Bon Jovi has $150 mil to blow on a football team? Did that many people buy his crappy albums? Wow!

    Over 130 million records sold worldwide, 34 million concert tickets sold.

    Owns the rights to all Bon Jovi music, which means residual checks in the millions every year till he dies if he never records another song.

    Top touring act in the world in 2010.

    Net worth estimates on line from 200 to 365 million.

    Yeah, I think he could probably raise the money.

  7. hobartbaker says: Feb 7, 2011 3:53 PM

    Turns out the rocker had been applying for years to become an NFL owner. But he was using his birth name of John Bongiovi, and the other owners were worried about organized crime influence in the league. They just found out he was a singer.

  8. mountaindont says: Feb 7, 2011 3:57 PM

    Hey Jon, Not a good time to get into NFL ownership.

  9. edsbay says: Feb 7, 2011 4:21 PM

    Bon Jovi is only 1 of the biggest draws on the planet! Thats all!

  10. AlanSaysYo says: Feb 7, 2011 4:23 PM

    Someone needs to tell Arthur Blank he’s got to hold on to what he’s got – it doesn’t make a difference if he makes it or not. He’s got that Falcons, and that’s a lot.

  11. taxlaw26 says: Feb 7, 2011 4:29 PM

    Actually, taking into account a minority discount, the $150m for 15% values the franchise north of $1b. What? $1.2? $1.3? This puts the falcons value in top five territory according to forbes. Do they belong there? Don’t know. JBJ doesn’t come across as an idiot though, so I’m sure he knows what he’s buying.

  12. knightringonow says: Feb 7, 2011 4:45 PM

    It’s my life.

  13. realitypolice says: Feb 7, 2011 5:16 PM

    mountaindont says:
    Feb 7, 2011 3:57 PM
    Hey Jon, Not a good time to get into NFL ownership.

    To you, and the 10 people who gave you a thumbs up:

    This is the perfect time to get into NFL ownership. The owners are going to win this fight, and the next CBA will be heavily slanted towards them.

    When people realize this, franchise values will soar.

    So this is actually the best time possible to “get into NFL ownership”.

  14. dolphins4 says: Feb 7, 2011 5:20 PM

    I wish Bon Jovi would buy part of the Eagles then maybe they’d win a Super bowl.He was a great owner with the Soul and he won a champioship there also.

  15. genericcommenter says: Feb 7, 2011 5:24 PM

    Also, Jon owns the band. All the other guys are his employees and get paid a salary. So he’s pretty much a very huge solo artist. Though I’m sure his band are well compensated compared to other backing bands.

  16. genericcommenter says: Feb 7, 2011 5:27 PM

    I forgot to mention: Though they aren’t big these days, he also owned a significant chunk of bands like Skid Row and Cinderella who were huge in the late 80s to early 90s. I am pretty sure he made more money off those bands than all the band members combined.

  17. fin72 says: Feb 7, 2011 5:45 PM

    Shot through the heart,
    and you’re to blame…
    You give ownership a BAD name!!!

  18. jhaugjr says: Feb 7, 2011 6:14 PM

    The Falcons will finally have an owner who can find the beat for the music in a Play60 commercial.

  19. phinfan says: Feb 7, 2011 6:28 PM

    Sad to say… but his Philadelphia Soul coulda beat the dolphins this year.


  20. mayfieldroadboy says: Feb 7, 2011 7:31 PM

    Bongiovi could be a “made” man? What about Cleveland’s McBride and Chicago’s Hallas, Mara and Rooney, Rosenbloom, the Hunts, the DeBartolos…c’mon, man; and what about Vegas and its gambling habits…all started by the “boys” and continuing today under the winking eye of the NFL. Take gambling out of the NFL and college football and you have a sport on the same plane as women’s basketball, baseball, and football. Even the grandfather of modern football, the magnificent Paul Brown, knew who his real “bosses” were; and he coached his players to do the opposite of those so-called mentors. No matter how the present owners try to cover things up, football, college of professional, has its roots in illegal enterprise. And illegal enterprise will always drive the hunger for this sport.

  21. purplehayseuss says: Feb 7, 2011 8:36 PM

    Way to go fin72!

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