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Jaworski says Bon Jovi wouldn’t move the Bills out of Buffalo

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Remember that two-hour lunch between Commissioner Roger Goodell and Jon Bon Jovi?  The one where Bon Jovi reportedly was taking copious notes?

It’s possible Bon Jovi was simply writing one thing, over and over again:  “Deny any desire to move the team.”

As explained by Jon Kryk of the Toronto Sun, Ron Jaworski told WGR radio on Monday that Bon Jovi has no plan — and never had a plan — to move the team from Buffalo, contrary to a report from Kryk that Bon Jovi’s group eventually would relocate the franchise to Toronto.  As Kryk notes, Jaworski has reason to be aware of Bon Jovi’s plans, given that Jaworski and Bon Jovi previously co-owned the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul.

If Kryk’s prior report regarding a move to Toronto is true (and he writes that he still stands by it), it’s possible that Goodell has made it clear to Bon Jovi that the Bills can’t and won’t be moved.  Alternatively, it’s possible that Bon Jovi has been advised by someone (potentially Goodell) to strongly dispute any notion of a move until the window to move the team opens.

For the Bills, the opportunity arises after the 2019 season, with a one-year out in the current lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium.If the Bills eventually will be moved, it makes sense for the owner to deny, deny, and deny again any intention to move the team until the move can happen.  Then, intentions suddenly will change, with some sort of cockamamie (there’s a word that never gets used enough) excuse being provided for the dramatic shift in the plans for the franchise.

So, basically, Bon Jovi has “no intent” to move the team.

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  1. kd75 says: Jun 30, 2014 11:52 PM

    Good luck paying your team at $0.89 for every US$1.00 in Toronto.

  2. billscastdotcom says: Jun 30, 2014 11:57 PM

    Interesting. Jaworski is from Lackawanna. That would be quite the…well it rhymes with stick…move if Bon Jovi is using him for the smokescreen.

  3. billscastdotcom says: Jun 30, 2014 11:58 PM

    And for anyone who doesn’t know, Lackawanna is not far from Buffalo.

  4. vaughnjoe says: Jul 1, 2014 12:04 AM

    BON JOVI leave the NFL alone. Next thing ya know hes calling shots on tightening the guys gear up.

  5. bridgeh2o says: Jul 1, 2014 12:07 AM

    I think Buffalo may be Living on a Prayer.

  6. acgorski says: Jul 1, 2014 12:14 AM

    The NFL does not want to see five lame duck seasons in Buffalo. So, in order to keep the fan base interested in WNY, they are going to market the team as if they are never going to re-locate. With that said, in five years, the true intentions of the NFL and of the next owner will surely come to light. And, if the truth of those intentions reveal that a bigger market with a fan base that is more concerned with glitz and glamour is vital to the economic sustainability of the league, then the NFL will lose the hearts and minds of a countless number of TRUE football fans.

  7. hummer53 says: Jul 1, 2014 12:16 AM

    He wouldn’t hold the note on a billion dollar purchase. He’s just a front man for whomever would finance the purchase. They would call the shots.

  8. mnsurferpimp says: Jul 1, 2014 12:20 AM

    Ron Jawarski, he is so funny with positive persona! He is actually refreshing! Yet, most of what he says is opinion, and just not accurate! He said, RG3 was the best thing since 2 piece swimsuits, the following year, be said his mechanics were awful. He changes his tune like the weather man! Tomorrow Ron will say, I knew they were moving all along! But, he will say it in the most positive way possible!!!!

  9. mcconne77 says: Jul 1, 2014 12:26 AM

    So many things in this article are offensive to me.

  10. uglydingo says: Jul 1, 2014 12:58 AM

    Very interesting speculation that Commissioner Goodell told him that the Bills could not be allowed to be moved from Buffalo.
    What say does the current owner (Mrs Wilson) have, if Roger is setting the terms and conditions?

  11. sketchydave says: Jul 1, 2014 1:04 AM

    Mike for once I On this topic of bills moving, I agree with you.

    I do not buy that him and his group won’t move the team. Isn’t he a part of the Rogers family group? That place where the bills played one game a year and they have boatloads of money to build a new stadium in Toronto in the top three markets in North America?

    Right bon jovi.

    Livin on a prayer. No chance.

  12. billsfanaddict says: Jul 1, 2014 1:09 AM

    if sir jaws lay claim to the fact mr jovi shall do no such thing then it must be indubitably so
    good show old chaps, my trust in you has now completely changed, instantly

  13. jmc8888 says: Jul 1, 2014 1:29 AM

    It’s now or never
    I ain’t gonna move the franchise
    I just want a team while I’m alive

  14. theflyingelvis says: Jul 1, 2014 1:56 AM

    The Bills absolutely should not be moved. Too much history and extremely loyal fans.

  15. jonkoethe says: Jul 1, 2014 2:09 AM

    Never say goodbye

  16. jtm18113 says: Jul 1, 2014 2:11 AM

    I have no intent to ever buy anything Bon Jovi related and will continue to change the station when he is played over the airwaves.

  17. rarelyclever says: Jul 1, 2014 2:47 AM

    What about his intent to buy the team in the first place? Since when do musicians have the kind of money to buy an NFL franchise?

  18. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Jul 1, 2014 2:49 AM

    In other news,

    Ron Jaworski has proven yet again that he is an out of touch “has – been” who had one too many pierogies after he left the NFL.
    Maybe you should go hang in West Seneca Ron, they’re the only ones holding a candle for you.

  19. gadzod says: Jul 1, 2014 3:22 AM

    Don’t trust him one bit. Doesn’t matter, Pegula should and needs to buy this team, that way we know for sure they don’t move. He owns the Sabres, just built the Harbor Center, and is single handily revitalizing the city of Buffalo. He’s the best bet to keep the team in Buffalo.

  20. mzew233 says: Jul 1, 2014 3:56 AM

    Gotta watch over 108 hours of tape before he makes an analysis.

  21. timmyp716 says: Jul 1, 2014 4:00 AM

    I don’t buy this for a second. Isn’t part of his “group” Maple Leaf Sports? Who also own the Toronto Maple Leafs? And isn’t there a rule that you can’t own two Major Sports teams that arn’t in the same city?


  22. sopadegato says: Jul 1, 2014 4:37 AM

    Whatever you do, don’t announce it ahead of time and then act boggled why everyone hates you and nobody comes to your games.

    Looking at YOU, Bud Adams.

  23. stewart09 says: Jul 1, 2014 5:04 AM

    That’s like telling your dog to not eat something but you know asoon as you leave the room hes going to eat.

  24. nflrule says: Jul 1, 2014 5:49 AM

    Who would have thought a bubble gum rock band lead singer with horrible music made that kind of cake!!

  25. george1859 says: Jul 1, 2014 6:41 AM

    And Buffalo fans see right through JBJ’s BS.
    There is absolutely NO support for this guy from Buffalo, and never will be.
    Thank GOD for Terry Pegula.

  26. bbk1000 says: Jul 1, 2014 6:44 AM

    As Bon Jovi would sing himself…..

    Never say goodbye, never say goodbye
    You and me and my old friends
    Hoping it would never end
    Say goodbye, never say goodbye
    Holdin’ on – we got to try
    Holdin’ on to never say goodbye

  27. rtk23 says: Jul 1, 2014 6:46 AM

    Dudes money hungry. Won’t even pay sambora. So yeah, if it makes him money, he’ll move.

  28. gmen32 says: Jul 1, 2014 7:12 AM

    The Bon Jovi bid is quickly becoming a “Gong Show”. Good luck getting 24 of 31 owners to buy into the, “we have no plans to move the team” line. Relax Bills Fans, your team in not moving north. Let it stay in Buffalo, where loyal fans know how to passionately support a team.

  29. sicklnick121 says: Jul 1, 2014 7:16 AM

    I heard he is moving them to Sayreville NJ, Living on a prayer 🙂

    And yes just like the Giants and Jets that are really Jersey Giants and Jets, They will still keep the name Buffalo.

  30. gojags says: Jul 1, 2014 7:17 AM

    I don’ t think Bills would ever move. They have rich history in the football(3 consecutive superbowl appearance to say the least) and its hard for me to comprehend that the franchise would ever more.

    Lets put this theory to rest.

  31. youngs79 says: Jul 1, 2014 7:27 AM

    I’ve never understood the “logic” of why a Jersey boy, like Bon Jovi, would want to move a team out of his country.

  32. hjb99992013 says: Jul 1, 2014 7:32 AM

    If John Bon Jovi told me today was Tuesday, I would check the calandar

  33. bills9951 says: Jul 1, 2014 7:40 AM

    What a lying through his teeth loser Jaworski is. This man his ZERO integrity and this proves it. His buddy is Bon Jovi who has already made it known (and anyone who doesn’t see this is ignoring facts) that he intends to move the team to Toronto after the 7yr lease is up in 2019. Ron, are you telling me you don’t know that? and think that Bon Jovi plans to keep them in Buffalo after 2019? What a complete sham. The fact he gets any media coverage to help his pal con people into thinking he is for keeping them in Buffalo is a travesty to common sense.

    Ron, on behalf of the citizens of Western NY, please refrain from declaring you are from this area because it gives us a black eye.

  34. kingcasper says: Jul 1, 2014 8:08 AM

    Jon Bon Jovi is not buying the Bills. Pegula is the next owner of the Bills.

  35. scoonie97 says: Jul 1, 2014 8:14 AM

    That probably means Mayflower trucks are on standby. Sorry Bills fans.

  36. bonnovi says: Jul 1, 2014 8:15 AM

    Well, if that’s the case, maybe all he wants to do is rename Ralph Wilson Stadium “Slippery When Wet Arena” and play “Livin’ on a Prayer” instead of the Shout song.

  37. fordmandalay says: Jul 1, 2014 9:04 AM

    Given Jaws’ track record of being wrong on just about everything, I’d take this report from him as a big OH-OH

  38. magilagorilla says: Jul 1, 2014 9:14 AM

    The Toronto Bills makes no sense. Toronto already has a CFL team. The Los Angeles Bills makes a heck of a lot of sense and the owners will approve to finally get a team in the #2 TV market in the country.

  39. raiderrob21 says: Jul 1, 2014 9:41 AM

    Can Bon Jovi get Jaworski to leave?

  40. tvguy22 says: Jul 1, 2014 9:41 AM

    These five words he says to you.

    “I’ll be there for you.”

  41. unclebluck says: Jul 1, 2014 10:07 AM

    1. The Bills are not moving to LA cause LA has proved over the years that they don’t support NFL football.
    2. Ron Jaworski has not lived in Buffalo for over 30 years and could care less if Buffalo gets to keep the Bills. I also wouldnt be surprised if he has some minor skin in BJ’s game.
    3. Toronto has also proved over the years that they would not support NFL games as they like their Argonauts and cant even come close to selling out an NFL game in their tiny stadium.
    4. Either Terry Pegula or Tom Galisano will be the next owner and neither will move the team……

  42. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Jul 1, 2014 10:16 AM

    “That was just pillow talk, baby.” – Bon Jovi to Jaws

  43. Remixed says: Jul 1, 2014 10:31 AM

    Bon Jovi is lying through his teeth. He looks so untrustworthy.

  44. cylondetector says: Jul 1, 2014 11:05 AM

    Interesting factoid: Jon Bon Jovi is good friends with Bill Belichick. He’s visited plenty of Patriots practices in the past.

  45. kgun80 says: Jul 1, 2014 11:07 AM

    Rodgers group… Who BonJovi is a front man for just released a statement that they are no longer interested in purchasing the Bills.. Pegula will be the owner. The Bills are not leaving Buffalo!! Myself and many other Bills fans have been stating this for months on this site.

  46. iloveagoodnap says: Jul 1, 2014 11:08 AM

    Everyone is acting like Bon Jovi is the owner.

    Settle down, people.

  47. monkeesfan says: Jul 1, 2014 11:09 AM

    I’m baffled anyone actually thinks the Bills might move. There is no other area for them – the Buffalo area is among the strongest fanbases in the sport, especially considering how poorly the organization has played since 1999.

  48. moxicity says: Jul 1, 2014 11:27 AM

    Bon Jawarski can suck it…

  49. harvestern says: Jul 1, 2014 11:30 AM

    The problem with waiting seven years to move is that there are a l ready plans for a new stadium in the Buffalo area, which means they would have to turn down a brand new stadium to move. NFL bylaws state that teams can only move if they don’t have a suitable stadium or an agreement to build one. Moving will be tough as long as NYS and Erie county build a stadium in the next 7 years.

  50. courtjester1234 says: Jul 1, 2014 11:55 AM

    I trust Jaws. I mean they didn’t try to move the Soul out of Philly…yet.

  51. EJ says: Jul 1, 2014 12:02 PM

    gmen32 says: Jul 1, 2014 7:12 AM

    The Bon Jovi bid is quickly becoming a “Gong Show”. Good luck getting 24 of 31 owners to buy into the, “we have no plans to move the team” line. Relax Bills Fans, your team in not moving north. Let it stay in Buffalo, where loyal fans know how to passionately support a team.

    You are dead on. I don’t think there is any cause to worry… Getting 24 of 31 Team Owners to believe in the hype that he has no plans to relocate the team in the near future is a long shot at best. If Bon Jovi is legitimately interested in becoming a partial Owner in the big boys league, then he needs to reassure the 31 owners and football community that Buffalo is the only place for the Bills. Besides, the NFL is not ready to put a team in another Country, even if it is only a few miles away from the current home of an NFL team.

  52. jgedgar70 says: Jul 1, 2014 12:06 PM

    “He would never move the team from Buffalo to Toronto. He would just play 7 home games in Toronto. He really wants to party with the mayor.” – Ron Jawarski on Jon Bon Jovi

    Whatever. Neither Jaws nor Bon Jovi have been relevant in at least 20 years.

  53. mikep363839 says: Jul 1, 2014 12:45 PM

    Jaworski is the most pompous idiotic talking head in the freakin world
    He didn’t win crap and doesn’t know crap ESPN likes him cause he knows how to be controversial and dramatic which is great when you actually make sense this guy is lowering our football IQ every time he speaks.

  54. mikep363839 says: Jul 1, 2014 12:54 PM

    …and what even gives Jaws the urge to speak on this..he has nothing to do with the Bills and is probably lying right through his teeth to try and help his buddy get the team.

  55. RegisHawk says: Jul 1, 2014 1:29 PM

    They own an Arena League team together.

  56. jcbrown1982 says: Jul 1, 2014 2:01 PM

    The greatest headline of all time.

  57. patrick33706 says: Jul 1, 2014 2:21 PM

    That’s what Jaworski said about the “Bethlehem Steel Plant’

  58. luther6 says: Jul 1, 2014 3:22 PM

    Why would Jaworski lie (or, perhaps viewed in a light more favorable, make a broad mental reservation)? Bon Jovi is just doing business. Bills fans can accept that. What Jaworski did here was straightforward shilling. Hard to respect him after that.

    Poorly played, Jaws.

  59. mcconne77 says: Jul 1, 2014 3:56 PM

    This article misses the point entirely. There is no way Bon Jovi should be allowed to own a professional team. His views on prayer and soul (Google Bon Jovi prayer or Bon Jovi soul) are clearly offensive to a large majority of people.

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