While the potential Bills ownership group fronted by Jon Bon Jovi may currently be saying all the right things about keeping the team in Buffalo, Bon Jovi and company reportedly have explored the possibility of moving the team to Toronto.
According to the Associated Press, the Bon Jovi group has conducted a feasibility study regarding the construction of a stadium in the Toronto area. The study identified at least three potential sites.
Andy Bergmann, who oversees the group’s stadium plan, denied that any feasibility study has been conducted.
“We have undertaken engineering and design studies,” Bergmann told the AP via email. “All of our work has been about a generic site and whether it was more rural or urban. We are aware of potential sites in the western NY and southern Ontario region, and are in fact meeting with two Buffalo area developers next week.”
Despite reports that the Bon Jovi group wouldn’t move the team, many aren’t buying it — including Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
“It is my personal opinion that any bid associated with the Toronto group has a long-term interest in moving the team to Toronto,” Poloncarz told the AP.
Any group that would move the team can’t say it would move the team until the time comes to actually move the team, for a variety of reasons. So none of the groups looking to buy the team will admit they want to move the team, and the question then becomes whether anyone believes the statements of intention to remain in Buffalo.
Few Bills fans believe that Bon Jovi would keep the team in Buffalo. The latest report from the AP will do nothing to change the minds of those who are convinced that on a steel horse the franchise will ride to Toronto.
I knew if I babbled long enough I’d eventually come up with a way to force a Bon Jovi song reference into this thing.