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Jon Bon Jovi says he isn’t trying to buy the Bills

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At 4-7, the Bills’ playoff chances are living on a prayer.

That isn’t making the guy who sang Livin’ on a Prayer any likelier to purchase the team, however. On Sunday, Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com reported that Jon Bon Jovi was positioning himself to purchase the team whenever the team goes on the market but Bon Jovi’s publicist downplayed any such notions on Monday.

Ken Sunshine told the Associated Press that while Bon Jovi is interested in becoming an NFL owner, reports that he is actively pursuing the Bills are “preposterous.” Sunshine also said that the former owner of the Arena League’s Philadelphia Soul has too much respect for Bills owner Ralph Wilson to engage in any discussions about the team.

Wilson has said that he will not sell the Bills in his lifetime. Rogers Communications of Toronto, which owns the Blue Jays and the arena formerly known as SkyDome that the Bills will call home this Sunday, is thought to be interested in buying the team whenever it does go on the market. Should Bon Jovi choose to enter the bidding at that point, going against a company that size in a bidding war could lead the rocker’s bid to go down in a blaze of glory.

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32 Responses to “Jon Bon Jovi says he isn’t trying to buy the Bills”
  1. dpdonny says: Nov 25, 2013 11:28 AM

    His first hire? Bill Belichick. They have a bromance like no other.

  2. joetoronto says: Nov 25, 2013 11:31 AM

    Bring it home, Giovanni. :)

  3. dalcow4 says: Nov 25, 2013 11:32 AM

    Great idea– The Bills were much better in the early 90s.

  4. unclebluck says: Nov 25, 2013 11:38 AM

    Do you know how many time I’ve seen the “living on a prayer” line since this announcement was made just 2 days ago….more times than the song has been played in its lifetime…..

  5. mt99808 says: Nov 25, 2013 11:39 AM

    If you read the toronto star article they’re reporting that Bon Jovi would be the front man in any bid put together by MLSE (partly owned by Rogers) because NFL mandates that corporations cannot own a team.

  6. dchetz says: Nov 25, 2013 11:39 AM

    Yeah… that’s a hell of a flattering picture for a prospective NFL owner.

  7. coltzfan166 says: Nov 25, 2013 11:40 AM

    Why in the world would a Jersey native want to buy the Bills?

  8. pftbillsfan says: Nov 25, 2013 11:40 AM

    Always odd to me why there is even speculation about this. Jeffrey Gundlach a Buffalo native who is a hedge fund billionaire said 3 years ago he would buy them. Aside from Paul Allen he would be the richest owner in all of sports. Bon Jovi certainly won’t out bid him.

  9. cajunaise says: Nov 25, 2013 11:42 AM

    Only two song references. Thank you for the restraint, writers.

  10. gallopinggilmore says: Nov 25, 2013 11:43 AM

    He couldn’t afford to be an NFL team owner any way. The NFL is a place for billionaire owners, not millionaires

  11. howiefeltersnatch says: Nov 25, 2013 11:44 AM

    So Jon Bon Jovi is trying to buy the Bills then

  12. sirsupersouthern says: Nov 25, 2013 11:44 AM

    Ken Sunshine told the Associated Press that while Bon Jovi is interested in becoming an NFL owner, reports that he is actively pursuing the Bills are “preposterous.”
    ____________________________

    I don’t think Mr Sunshine (really?) knows what “preposterous” means…

  13. The Jets are the most pathetic franchise of all time says: Nov 25, 2013 11:44 AM

    The amount of rumors surrounding the future of the Bills that have swirled around since Ralph Wilson inched closer to 90 in the mid 2000s is absurd.

    Bon Jovi, Rogers Communications, wealthy suitors to move the team to LA, Jim Kelly to keep it hear, Ralph Wilson’s (now deceased) daughter so she could relocate to a warmer climate.

    I’ve spent a reasonable amount of time in Buffalo and I’m a big proponent of the classic NFL teams intact (yes, despite my usuer title, even the Jets).

    For their fans who are passionate despite their horrendous play the last decade +, and for the sake of the history of the Bills being part of the NFL for over half a century, I hope they dont move. Not to mention I think an NFL team in Toronto, or anywhere else in Canada, would be an enormous mistake for so many reasons.

  14. gallopinggilmore says: Nov 25, 2013 11:44 AM

    … nice attempt at staying in the spotlight though

  15. dryzzt23 says: Nov 25, 2013 11:47 AM

    No. The NFL does not need a left-wing liberal owner.

  16. joetoronto says: Nov 25, 2013 11:49 AM

    It’s not just Bon Jovi, it’s MLSE too.

    Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Limited (MLSE) is a professional sports company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Among its properties are the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League, the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association, Toronto FC of Major League Soccer, and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. MLSE is also involved in property management, including ownership of the Air Canada Centre, the home arena of the Maple Leafs and Raptors.

  17. skinssweepgmen says: Nov 25, 2013 11:49 AM

    I understand that Wilson would sell, dead or alive.

  18. conormacleod says: Nov 25, 2013 12:01 PM

    Exactly how much do rock stars make now-a-days? I’m thinking I pay too much for tickets to concerts.

  19. mcmeen0576 says: Nov 25, 2013 12:03 PM

    He was going to save up the money…but woooooooaahhhh hes only half way there.

  20. myeaglescantwin says: Nov 25, 2013 12:05 PM

    Buffalo Bon Bills??

    You’re right JonBon, not a good call.

  21. myeaglescantwin says: Nov 25, 2013 12:08 PM

    here’s an idea, ,, buy both the Jets and Giants and put a ‘J’ on those helmets.

    sucha group of fake ass posers..
    can’t even afford a stadium in their own state. makes me laugh at was a bunch of jokes they are.

  22. drewzducks says: Nov 25, 2013 12:14 PM

    The perfect 80’s band to buy the Bills would be Skid Row.

  23. eatitfanboy says: Nov 25, 2013 12:17 PM

    conormacleod says:
    Nov 25, 2013 12:01 PM
    Exactly how much do rock stars make now-a-days? I’m thinking I pay too much for tickets to concerts.

    Jon Bon Jovi has a net worth of around $300 million dollars. While impressive, it certainly isn’t enough to buy an NFL franchise. He would need lots of partners.

  24. mcmeen0576 says: Nov 25, 2013 12:19 PM

    @drezducks because its 18-0 to goooooooooooooooo undefeated?

  25. joetoronto says: Nov 25, 2013 12:53 PM

    MLSE is worth billions, Bon Jovi would be the face of ownership, nothing more.

  26. fireeyes111 says: Nov 25, 2013 1:08 PM

    The moment the NFL allows a historic, profitable, fan-obsessed franchise to be ripped, kicking and screaming, from it’s home and taken somewhere else because a rogue billionaire wants to play patsy will be the beginning of the end.

    It happened once, to the Browns, and it has been a pockmark on the face of the NFL ever since. That moment would finally prove, beyond any further doubt, that dollars and cents mean more to the “new” NFL than literally anything else, including the spirit of competition its supposed to channel.

    The NFL will lose a lot of fans on that day, many of whom will never return. Pray that Goodell, local boy he is, sees reason in this case.

  27. fin72 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:06 PM

    Shot through the heart, and you’re to blame… Stephen Ross gives NFL owners a bad name!!

  28. frank booth says: Nov 25, 2013 2:17 PM

    If Springsteen forgot how to write lyrics and Hootie and the Blowfish attempted to rock, and then you made Tom Brady the lead singer, you’d end up with the band Bon Jovi.

  29. bferman12 says: Nov 25, 2013 3:16 PM

    Jason La Canfora also said that Bon Jovi fired Richie Sambora to rid himself of Samboras salary in an effort to save up to buy the team. I asked how much could Sambora have been making that his salary would make a difference in buying an NFL team. La Canfora told me that Sambora makes 20 times what a seesion artist makes and told me to do the math. What a joke!!! Just like the story of Bon Jovi buying an NFL team.

  30. drewzducks says: Nov 25, 2013 4:04 PM

    mcmeen0for4…No, because it’s alwaaaaaaays wide right

  31. frank booth says: Nov 25, 2013 4:24 PM

    I’m sorry for being hard on Bon Jovi- I can tell by the “thumbs down”, I’ve offended all 3 of their fans. Bon Jovi is none of the things that I’ve said.

    Bon Jovi is good-looking Twisted Sister, with half of the talent.

  32. gallopinggilmore says: Nov 26, 2013 10:08 AM

    Mark Cuban said that he could not afford an NFL team. There is no way on god’s green earth that Bon Jovi can. This is just another sad attempt for an aging celebrity to stay relevant.

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