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Report: New Bills bid sought from Bon Jovi

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Not much is known about the factors that must be considered by the trust responsible for selling the Bills from the estate of Ralph Wilson.  The latest development suggests that the trustees have a mandate not simply to maximize the purchase price but also to ensure the team won’t move.

According to John Kryk of the Toronto Sun, investment firm Morgan Stanley has rejected the initial bid made by the Toronto-based group that includes Jon Bon Jovi.  Morgan Stanley has given Bon Jovi and company the ability to resubmit the proposal.  Per Kryk, the amount was deemed to be too low, and the bid lacked sufficient assurances that the franchise won’t be relocated.

If the bid isn’t resubmitted or if the second effort again fails to sufficiently address the financial and geographical concerns, Bon Jovi’s bid will be dead.

Bon Jovi’s initial offer is believed to be $900 million, possibly less.  Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula reportedly offered over $1 billion for the team.  Donald Trump claims he bid $1 billion in cash for the team.

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114 Responses to “Report: New Bills bid sought from Bon Jovi”
  1. raiderssf says: Aug 5, 2014 4:04 PM

    As a Raider fan, this makes me happy. I hate the idea of any team moving. Keep the Bills in Buffalo.

  2. dickshotdogs says: Aug 5, 2014 4:04 PM

    Enough.

  3. 667s650w says: Aug 5, 2014 4:07 PM

    I head Morgan Stanley signed the letter with “Have A Nice Day”

  4. buddysguys says: Aug 5, 2014 4:08 PM

    Bon Jovi is so over his head he doesnt even realize it. Stick to Arena League small frie!

  5. tolan04 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:09 PM

    Pegula is the only logical choice to be the next owner. Make it happen!

  6. uwsptke says: Aug 5, 2014 4:09 PM

    Well, he did bid $1 billion… in Canadian currency.

  7. kd75 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:13 PM

    No soup for you!

  8. honkeyt says: Aug 5, 2014 4:13 PM

    These pics of that dude are a riot! Keep em coming!!

  9. misterfuji1982 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:13 PM

    Buffalo is a dead city. It’s 2014, and the NFL shouldn’t be making location decisions based on 1930’s population trends.

    Move the team to Toronto. The entire nation of Canada will embrace it, and diehard Bills fans can still travel 90 miles to see their team if they so desire.

  10. 4thquartermagic says: Aug 5, 2014 4:14 PM

    Picture is classic

  11. thirtyrackdash says: Aug 5, 2014 4:15 PM

    Reminds me of the time I was in a Dunkin Donuts wearing my throwback Tom Brady jersey and a Jets fan came up to me and said “You guys sure are lucky to have Tom Brady. Maybe someday my team will have a Hall of Fame quarterback with three rings and a supermodel wife” and I gave him a gentle pat on the head, smiled, and said, “Maybe… but probably not”. He then nodded solemnly, we engaged in a firm handshake, and went our separate ways.

  12. cursedvikingfan says: Aug 5, 2014 4:16 PM

    Canadian currency to US currency isn’t as far off as it used to be. Look it up next time before trying a joke from 10 years ago.

  13. coutre says: Aug 5, 2014 4:16 PM

    Just remember its Bon Jovi’s Life. And its now or never. He just wants to live forever. He just wants to live while he’s alive.

  14. birdsflynorth206 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:16 PM

    Just sale to the Sabers owner. Selling to Bon Jovi or Donald Trump would be bad ideas.

  15. cadan24 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:18 PM

    Guessing the NFL owners do not want this type of criminal element as owners in the league…I heard Bon Jovi was wanted….wanted…Dead or Alive..

  16. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 5, 2014 4:18 PM

    This aint a post for the broken hearted…

  17. nyfootballgiants says: Aug 5, 2014 4:19 PM

    Is that blue steel?

  18. cadan24 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:19 PM

    It appears Bon Jovi is “Livin on a Prayer”

  19. hjb99992013 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:20 PM

    It is obvious that JBJ doesnt have the money to buy the team on his own

    I dont get why the TO group needs this clown to act as a front man for the bid. JBJ has botched this trojan effort to move the team to TO

    If tannenebaum and rogers really want a team in TO (which I believe they do) they could have offered an amount which possibly could have made the Trust think twice about keeping the team in TO . the net worth of these lads make JBJ look like a pauper

    BTW I am a TO resident who is a 43 year hard core supporter who finds the idea of the Bills moving to TO vile and repugnent

  20. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 5, 2014 4:20 PM

    I wonder if the Wilson family sees these developments as the bank being half full or the bank being half empty?!?

  21. cadan24 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:22 PM

    An open bidding war can be a slope that is “Slippery When Wet”

  22. tvjules says: Aug 5, 2014 4:23 PM

    Jon Bon Jovi is a wanna be. He’s been hanging out in the owner’s box with Robert Kraft too much, and now thinks he’s a legitimate player.

  23. 667s650w says: Aug 5, 2014 4:25 PM

    I also heard Morgan Stanley sent the letter back saying “we want more money, and get a haircut!”

  24. gmen32 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:26 PM

    I think you will find that the Bon Jovi group will not submit another bid. I’m not sure about Bon Jovi, but I guarantee that neither Ted Rogers jr. or Larry Tannebaum (his partners) have any interest in keeping the team in Buffalo long term. If they are being pressured to make commitments, they will back out quickly. From someone in Toronto, long live the Bills in Buffalo. Don’t ruin the franchise by bringing it north of the border.

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 5, 2014 4:26 PM

    “Dear Mr. Jovi – There appears to be a mathematical error in the proposal you submitted. The offer is short one zero. Please resubmit with corrections. Thank you.”.

  26. getyourownname says: Aug 5, 2014 4:27 PM

    Wait – a seller is trying to create a competitive auction by getting some bidders to bid more, and possibly cause other competing bidders (who might, overall, be more desirable to the seller for other reasons) to bid more, to match the new bid due to uncertainty over the outcome?

    This is my shocked face.

  27. starfan79 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:27 PM

    He is just “living on a prayer” and trying to convince the ownership that he will not “runaway” with the Bills to Toronto.

    He could “Never say Goodbye” to Buffalo cause that would be “Bad Medicine” and “Misunderstood”.

    Although he will “Keep the Faith” his arguement is “Who Says You Cant Go Home?”

    After the first bid fails he will enter a second bid and say “What About Now”, Can you “Hook Me Up” cause if not that would be like a “Shot Through The Heart”

  28. guachosporlife says: Aug 5, 2014 4:28 PM

    Who cares? It’s the Bills.

  29. uwsptke says: Aug 5, 2014 4:29 PM

    cursedvikingfan says:Aug 5, 2014 4:16 PM

    Canadian currency to US currency isn’t as far off as it used to be. Look it up next time before trying a joke from 10 years ago.

    I did. The current exchange rate shows that 1 Canadian dollar is equal to $0.91 American. So… 1 billion Canadian is equal to $910k.

    I think we all learned a little something today. The more you know…

  30. kwjsb says: Aug 5, 2014 4:29 PM

    The Donald offered $1.3B in cash, can’t see anyone topping that

  31. justintuckrule says: Aug 5, 2014 4:30 PM

    better “hock” a few guitars

  32. scrp2 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:34 PM

    Jon Bon Jovi has offered Bills fans a free shuttle from Buffalo to Toronto for home games. It’s called Bills Wheels.

  33. wydok says: Aug 5, 2014 4:34 PM

    What is it with your need to post pictures of celebrities making dumb faces when you talk about them? What is this, the New York Post, TMZ, or the Weekly World News?

  34. infectorman says: Aug 5, 2014 4:34 PM

    in an era t hat witnessed a complete dearth of quality music in the hard rock genre, Bon Jovi was no exception to the rule.

    Him along with Cinderella, poison, Motley Fools, Ratt, GnR and all those other completely awful hairbands couldn’t string a quality song together amongst the lot of them

    How anyone can listen to that drivel is one of the great questions of the universe.

  35. wydok says: Aug 5, 2014 4:36 PM

    uwsptke says:
    Aug 5, 2014 4:29 PM

    I did. The current exchange rate shows that 1 Canadian dollar is equal to $0.91 American. So… 1 billion Canadian is equal to $910k.

    $910 million, not $910k…

  36. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 5, 2014 4:36 PM

    When he saw the numbers bandied about in the bids, Jon contacted some Mexican friends and resubmitted his, using pesos instead of Canadian dollars.

  37. 941bucs says: Aug 5, 2014 4:37 PM

    Is he on the toilet in that pic?

  38. uwsptke says: Aug 5, 2014 4:39 PM

    woops! That’s what I meant ($910 mil).

  39. luther6 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:40 PM

    Bills fans have nothing against Ontario or the great fans who come from there (now 20% of the fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium). We just want the team to stay in Western NY.

    I hereby promise never to be critical of a thing Terry Pegula does as owner of the Bills if he wins the bid. Just keep the Bills in WNY.

  40. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 5, 2014 4:41 PM

    Why not sell the damn team to Mick Jagger and move them to London. Or how bout Jin Young Park, and move them to Seoul?

  41. casualmalexlfan says: Aug 5, 2014 4:44 PM

    It seems you mistakenly uploaded a pic of The Donald wearing a new, even worse looking wig.

  42. vaughnjoe says: Aug 5, 2014 4:45 PM

    Is that pic a mash-up of “Trump-Jovi”?

  43. thirtyrackdash says: Aug 5, 2014 4:46 PM

    Bob Kraft should buy the team since the Patriots already OWN the Bills

  44. jamaltimore says: Aug 5, 2014 4:47 PM

    Were’ almost there.

  45. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 5, 2014 4:49 PM

    Ontario group (Rush) >>>>>>> Toronto group (bon jovi)

  46. starfan79 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:50 PM

    San Antonio is also interested

  47. thelastpieceofcheese says: Aug 5, 2014 4:51 PM

    How come the current bills’ players have not made a stand by stating they won’t play if the team moves?

  48. upstaterules says: Aug 5, 2014 4:51 PM

    Shot through the heart….

  49. iloveagoodnap says: Aug 5, 2014 4:51 PM

    Let the ignorant morons who say Buffalo is a dead city, who have either never been here or haven’t been here in a considerable amount of time, continue to troll.

    Its quite the opposite these days and is considered to be on the rise. The improvements in the last 2 years alone have been dramatic.

    Keep talking though. We don’t really care what you think. We’ll take our Bills, our Sabres, & our city and enjoy them, whether or not you enjoy them along with us.

  50. justintuckrule says: Aug 5, 2014 4:57 PM

    @infectorman – If you think they were bad, what are your thoughts on the current state of music?

  51. billswillnevermove says: Aug 5, 2014 4:59 PM

    thirtyrackdash says:
    Aug 5, 2014 4:46 PM
    Bob Kraft should buy the team since the Patriots already OWN the Bills
    ________________________________
    Thats so funny I almost forgot to laugh…..let me tell you something……..there was a time when the Bills use to kick the crap out of you guys game after game, year after year. That time is coming again. Bank on it.

  52. thesenamesaregettingridiculous says: Aug 5, 2014 5:02 PM

    Doesn’t the Donald have a show on the very same network that owns this site? A billion in cash…lol

  53. packmanfan says: Aug 5, 2014 5:09 PM

    I only care about my Packers!

  54. polarbear71 says: Aug 5, 2014 5:12 PM

    YOU…CANNOT…OWN…2…PRO…SPORTS TEAMS…according to NFL RULES !!!!!!

  55. wintermute00 says: Aug 5, 2014 5:13 PM

    Buffalo is a dead city. It’s 2014, and the NFL shouldn’t be making location decisions based on 1930’s population trends.

    Move the team to Toronto. The entire nation of Canada will embrace it, and diehard Bills fans can still travel 90 miles to see their team if they so desire.

    ================================

    This is just such a load of garbage and the problem with the movement of the NFL being more of a business than a sport.

    The small market teams are the heart and soul of the NFL and part of what make it great. Green Bay would never be able to exist in the modern NFL but they are one of the best loved and supported teams out there yet Los Angeles has always had a hard time keep a franchise no matter how large it’s market size.

    You’re way of thinking would make it just a matter of time until it was corporations owning franchises and we have the General Electric Patriots and the Mansanto Bills.

    Good times…

  56. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 5, 2014 5:17 PM

    Love how the scammer of the NFL want blind bids so they can maximize purchase price. Never seen a greedily bunch of scum in my life.

    Your bid is not enough. Gimme a break. That’s poor taste on Morgan Stanley part too. No reason to say your bid isn’t enough. They were outbid.

  57. thirtyrackdash says: Aug 5, 2014 5:21 PM

    billswillnevermove says:
    Aug 5, 2014 4:59 PM
    thirtyrackdash says:
    Aug 5, 2014 4:46 PM
    Bob Kraft should buy the team since the Patriots already OWN the Bills
    ________________________________
    Thats so funny I almost forgot to laugh…..let me tell you something……..there was a time when the Bills use to kick the crap out of you guys game after game, year after year. That time is coming again. Bank on it.

    Let me guess, this was back when you used to work at the stadium for a nickel a day and it was uphill both ways and cost you a dime to get there? Those days are long gone old man and, in the futuristic 2000’s, the Patriots are up 25-3. You could win every game the next decade and still be behind. Maybe the Toronto Bills will be better.

  58. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 5, 2014 5:22 PM

    Keep the Bills in Buffalo. No reason to move them to Toronto.

    I’m sure Goodell will want to expand now to LA, San Antonio, Toronto and London. There’s his 4 new locations.

  59. thebandit27 says: Aug 5, 2014 5:22 PM

    Yes, you can own 2 sports teams as long as they are in the same market.

  60. billswillnevermove says: Aug 5, 2014 5:24 PM

    polarbear71 says:
    Aug 5, 2014 5:12 PM
    YOU…CANNOT…OWN…2…PRO…SPORTS TEAMS…according to NFL RULES !!!!!!
    __________________________________
    You need to go back to school, because obviously you can’t read an NFL rule book.

  61. atwatercrushesokoye says: Aug 5, 2014 5:27 PM

    The entire nation of Canada WON’T embrace the Bills just because they move to Toronto, in fact many people in the rest of Canada dislike Toronto.

    In my circle of friends we all have our separate NFL teams that we support for whatever reason, in asking them none of us would cheer for the Bills just because they play in Toronto and in fact the one guy who’s a Bills fan said that he would quit supporting them if they left Buffalo which is something I’ve seen mentioned from several Bills fans living in Southern Ontario.

  62. mainevent7567 says: Aug 5, 2014 5:30 PM

    polarbear71 says:
    Aug 5, 2014 5:12 PM
    YOU…CANNOT…OWN…2…PRO…SPORTS TEAMS…according to NFL RULES !!!!!!
    ____________________________________

    how do you go about being that confident when you’re so terribly wrong?

  63. 12thman84 says: Aug 5, 2014 5:30 PM

    As a Raider fan, this makes me happy. I hate the idea of any team moving. Keep the Bills in Buffalo.
    —————————-

    I agree. We went through this back when Behring tried to move the Hawks to California.

    Congrats Bills’ fans!

  64. wcman says: Aug 5, 2014 5:30 PM

    To answer whoever questioned why the Toronto group doesn’t go it alone, it’s because they can’t. They own other sports entities which the NFL doesn’t allow. In order for them to own the Bills they either need a majority owner other than themselves or need to sell off their other sports franchises. That’s not going to happen and Bon Jovi doesn’t have the money to be a principal owner if the big goes any higher.

    In other words, the Bon Jovi prayer is over and the Bills will remain alive in Buffalo under the ownership of Terry Pegula.

  65. atwatercrushesokoye says: Aug 5, 2014 5:32 PM

    Polarbear71: You can own 2 teams as long as they’re in the same market or as long as the non NFL franchise you own plays in a market without an NFL team.

    For example Paul Allen owns both the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers and that’s allowed because Portland does not have an NFL team.

  66. torontobergy says: Aug 5, 2014 5:32 PM

    I can’t speak for everyone that lives in Toronto but I don’t think the Bills would work here. I’ve been a Raider fan for 25 years and have friends who all follow other teams. If you can’t attract people to the games that watch 12 hours of football on a Sunday it’s going to be tough to be a success.

  67. thetruth1012014 says: Aug 5, 2014 5:32 PM

    Firstly you can own 2 professional sports teams Aslong as they are in the same market, so terry can purchase the bills if his bid is accepted by the other nfl owners. Also the nfl prefers one ownership, not group ownership. If Jon and his boys want them they will have to pony up more cash which won’t happen. I’m also canadian, keep the bills in buffalo #billsmafia .. Leafs suck

  68. wcman says: Aug 5, 2014 5:33 PM

    I should have also clarified the fact that the TO group cannot own a Toronto sports team and a Buffalo sports team.

  69. billyscahall123 says: Aug 5, 2014 5:36 PM

    This billy Bon jovi is a joke to buffalo fans he will be out of biding on the bills

  70. mogillabb says: Aug 5, 2014 5:37 PM

    Time for JBJ to pull the plug. When Jerry Jones says you need to stop embarrassing yourself and save face by dropping out…..you know what rock bottom looks like.

  71. atwatercrushesokoye says: Aug 5, 2014 5:40 PM

    wcman: They can own franchises in both Toronto and Buffalo because Toronto does not have an NFL team, there’s no conflict of interest. See Paul Allen.

  72. thirtyrackdash says: Aug 5, 2014 5:43 PM

    I just did a Sporcle quiz where you name the NFL teams as fast as you can and the most forgotten team, by far, was the Buffalo Bills.

    Maybe if Trump or Bon Jovi bought the team people would know that the Bills exist.

  73. bleedrangerblue says: Aug 5, 2014 5:48 PM

    Buffalo is like the walking dead. Yeah I said it Carl!!

  74. summitmech says: Aug 5, 2014 5:50 PM

    nyfootballgiants says:
    Aug 5, 2014 4:19 PM
    Is that blue steel?

    ———————————————–

    Way off. It’s Magnum!

  75. thatfreakinpuertorican says: Aug 5, 2014 5:53 PM

    polarbear71 says:
    Aug 5, 2014 5:12 PM
    YOU…CANNOT…OWN…2…PRO…SPORTS TEAMS…according to NFL RULES !!!!!!

    Cross-ownership rule

    Team owners are now allowed to own teams in multiple major sporting leagues, but those teams need to be in the same city (unless there is no NFL team in the other city). Buffalo native Jeremy Jacobs owns the Boston Bruins, but would have to sell that team in order to become the majority owner of the Bills. Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen can also own the Portland Trailblazers because Portland doesn’t have an NFL market.

    So an owner can own both an NFL and Other major sports league teams. So you’re dead wrong.

  76. razorsedgeperformance says: Aug 5, 2014 5:53 PM

    I’m not saying that moving the team to Toronto is a good idea, but I think its silly to say that the team ‘wont work’ here…There is a massive NFL following in Toronto and fans will surely come in droves if a team were to move there…with the Bills playing games temporarily it’s not the same thing.
    You’ve seen how crazy support for TFC has been, Raptors in the playoffs, and of course Maple Leafs…most NFL fans would change teams for a Toronto team…

    Having said all that, it would be weird to see the Bills leave Buffalo. If they can get ownership that is SUCCESSFUL in Buffalo, then that should be priority number 1!

  77. jbravo2312 says: Aug 5, 2014 6:00 PM

    It is obvious that this investment firm is trying to squeeze every penny out of this sale, Pegula offered well over the team’s value, Bon Jovi obviously can’t afford to match, but yet they still asked him to submit another bid, just end this give the team to Terry, but they won’t just yet, just in case the Toronto group offers more. The Trust obviously has no care about who gets the team, it is just money

  78. thirtyrackdash says: Aug 5, 2014 6:14 PM

    @jbravo2312 The executor of the trust has the legal obligation to do whatever the trust says. It undoubtedly says he is obligated to get the most money possible for the team and it might also say something about keeping the team in Buffalo but neither can be violated or the team cannot come out of the trust.

    They are not picking who gets the team; the bidders are well aware of how the winning bid is going to be determined based on the terms of the trust.

    The real question is why anyone would want to buy the team if they can’t move it out of the dumpster fire that is Buffalo, New York.

  79. rickgjags says: Aug 5, 2014 6:16 PM

    Reading trolls comments make me want to vomit. Hasn’t your mother yelled “Dinner Time!” yet?

  80. rickgjags says: Aug 5, 2014 6:17 PM

    Reading trolls comments makes me want to vomit. Hasn’t your mother yelled “Dinner Time!” yet?

  81. thirtyrackdash says: Aug 5, 2014 6:22 PM

    Submit that comment a few more times Rick.

    Maybe you should have your grandson come by and help you figure out how to use the new-fangled email machine.

  82. granadafan says: Aug 5, 2014 6:33 PM

    “infectorman says:
    Aug 5, 2014 4:34 PM
    in an era t hat witnessed a complete dearth of quality music in the hard rock genre, Bon Jovi was no exception to the rule.

    Him along with Cinderella, poison, Motley Fools, Ratt, GnR and all those other completely awful hairbands couldn’t string a quality song together amongst the lot of them

    How anyone can listen to that drivel is one of the great questions of the universe.”
    ===========================================

    To each his own. The hair bands of the 80s defined hard rock and were damned good (Ratt excepted). PS, that’s Motley Crue, not Motley Fool.

  83. gmen32 says: Aug 5, 2014 6:36 PM

    @razorsedge: most NFL fans would change teams for a Toronto team. Put me down for no. My loyalty to the Giants will NEVER change. In fact, I would look forward to watching the Giants kick the backside of any team Toronto may get. You mention crazy support for TFC. Good attendance but no one watches on TV. Raptors- good attendance but until the playoffs started TV viewership was terrible. Toronto is a bandwagon city. Everyone gets excited when it is the place to be seen. Bills fans are true football fans.

  84. wcman says: Aug 5, 2014 6:41 PM

    atwatercrushesokoye says:
    Aug 5, 2014 5:40 PM
    wcman: They can own franchises in both Toronto and Buffalo because Toronto does not have an NFL team, there’s no conflict of interest. See Paul Allen.

    Correct. The issue in this case is the fact the NFL doesn’t want Corporate ownership so the consortium can’t be lead by a Company such as Rogers or Bell Media. That’s why JBJ is fronting the bid. Same issues exist though which is that he can’t afford the 30% Stake to qualify as majority owner if the price goes beyond 1B.

  85. billswillnevermove says: Aug 5, 2014 6:44 PM

    thirtyrackdash says:
    Aug 5, 2014 4:15 PM
    Reminds me of the time I was in a Dunkin Donuts wearing my throwback Tom Brady jersey and a Jets fan came up to me and said “You guys sure are lucky to have Tom Brady. Maybe someday my team will have a Hall of Fame quarterback with three rings and a supermodel wife” and I gave him a gentle pat on the head, smiled, and said, “Maybe… but probably not”. He then nodded solemnly, we engaged in a firm handshake, and went our separate ways.
    _________________________________
    Wow!! That is something to be proud of and to tell your grandkids one day!!!! And you wonder why your fans are hated more than any in the NFL Troll on other fans topics and talk trash. Tom Brady wouldn’t start on any other team in the NFL…..Tom Brady = Matt Cassell. Even Cassell went 11-5, where is he at now.

  86. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Aug 5, 2014 6:49 PM

    I say give Keith Richards a team and let Bon Jovi go back to the Eighties.

  87. atwatercrushesokoye says: Aug 5, 2014 7:15 PM

    wcman: The corporations aren’t involved, Larry Tannenbaum is the chairman of MLSE but he’s bidding on his own not as part of MLSE. The other partner is the Rogers family, yes they own Rogers but they’re using their personal wealth ($10 billion) not the corporation as part of their bid.

    While I have no horse in the race between the prospective ownership groups, and personally think the Bills should stay in Buffalo, I feel obliged to point out that anyone saying the Toronto group doesn’t have the personal wealth to buy the franchise is incorrect.

    It seems like the trust only got 3 bids for the team, the JBJ group bid the lowest, rather than just eliminating them and going forward with two bids, especially when one of those bids is from a guy who’s unlikely to gain the support of NFL owners, Morgan Stanley gave the JBJ group an opportunity to throw more money at them, they also want them to go from a super duper promise not to move the team to a super duper with a cherry on top promise not to move the team.

  88. joshhogan73 says: Aug 5, 2014 7:15 PM

    I officially hate Bon Jovi.

  89. Deb says: Aug 5, 2014 7:25 PM

    That photo is hysterical. Have always liked Bon Jovi, but it’s just wrong to be party to a group that wants to rip a National Football League franchise away from its loyal fans and send it to Canada. Wrong, Jersey Boy. You don’t see the Boss doing things like that.

  90. wcman says: Aug 5, 2014 7:28 PM

    atwater,

    I didn’t say they didn’t have the money, just that the league doesn’t want corporate ownership. If it is split as you say, then no it won’t be an issue. However the problem still exists for JBJ if he truly insists on being a primary owner. For the record, I don’t care who wins the bid either but I would bet on Pegula.

  91. snaponrules says: Aug 5, 2014 7:31 PM

    Let them move.

    #1. Its just the bills. Its not like we are talking about a relevant team here.They have been the doormat of the afc east for what 15 years now? It would be like cleveland moving, outside f the people in those horrible towns NOBODY would care.

    #2. They just want to improve the team. If that means taking it to a better town so be it. Its not like they are doing anything in buffalo to make it better.
    Even the players would like it to move to a real city.

    LET THEM MOVE !!!

  92. infectorman says: Aug 5, 2014 7:54 PM

    @granadafan:

    You must be under 40 because hard rock was DEFINED by Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Aerosmith (a little later) and others.

    All those hair bands did was copy the template laid down by their far-superior-in-every-way predecessors.

    Bon Jovi peaked at Little Runaway and it was all down hill from there.

    @Justintuckrule:

    I go for originality, myself.

    Nothing those Hair bands did was original.

    The Police, The Clash, U2/REM (both in their early years) Talking Heads were drenched with originality in the same era as those clown bands I mentioned before.
    Can’t say that about them at all.
    Inferior musicianship, inferior songs, but much better studio technology to produce a warmed over, overproduced ineffective brand of pure Bubblegum that defined by far the worst era in ” hard rock and roll”.

    The Pixies, Nirvana, Meat Puppets, Pearl jam, AIC, Soungarden, constituted the meteor that obliterated the Hair Bands and wiped them all (thankfully) off the face of the planet.

    Some of today’s bands have some originality to them at least and their not trying to repackage everything the Stones, Zeppelin and other bands blazed the trail on. At least not so overtly shameless

    I won’t even go into the Pop scene, it’s too depressing.

  93. infectorman says: Aug 5, 2014 7:58 PM

    “Cuz I’m a Cowboy!!!!!”

    Bahahaha!!!! Bubblegum!

  94. atwatercrushesokoye says: Aug 5, 2014 8:00 PM

    wcman: I agree I think it will probably be Pegula and that’s probably the best choice for Bills fans, especially since he’s apparently satisfied with the Ralph and won’t look for a new stadium in the next few years. Right now I think they’re just trying to get the JBJ group to bid more money so that Pegula will increase his bid before they finalize the sale to him.

  95. flexall454 says: Aug 5, 2014 8:04 PM

    wydok says: Aug 5, 2014 4:34 PM

    What is it with your need to post pictures of celebrities making dumb faces when you talk about them? What is this, the New York Post, TMZ, or the Weekly World News?

    I get the impression your kinda new to this site???

    Florio is a funny guy, who likes to inject some humor into his posts, anyone who has been around this site for awhile knows this.

  96. ccc23454 says: Aug 5, 2014 8:26 PM

    I think first game with Terry as owner he should play a bon jovi song and then grab a mic and tell the sound guy he is fired! so tired of hearing about both of these guys (BJ and Trump) just give the keys to Terry now and everyone wins(but them 2)….

  97. steviaquinn says: Aug 5, 2014 8:37 PM

    taking the steel horse to toronto. A total run a run a run -away

  98. flyerguy73 says: Aug 5, 2014 8:40 PM

    Bye bye Bills! Won’t be missing ya.

  99. jukeboxmickey says: Aug 5, 2014 8:57 PM

    This is a complicated situation being made worse
    By Morgan Stanley. Look Bon Jovi as the lead owner
    Needs 30 percent as the majority owner.
    That means he needs 300 Million.
    Bon Jovi would have to sell everything
    He owns to have enough money to do
    A 1 Billion Dollar Bid.

    Terry Pegula has about 5 Billion in cash
    His wife is from Rochester NY.

    He has been a season Ticket Holder
    Of the Bills and Sabres. He is a die
    Hard fan of these 2 teams.

    He grew up loving them. He cares deeply
    About this region. He owns the Buffalo Sabres
    NHL team, Buffalo Bandits Major league
    Lacrosse team. The American Hockey League
    Rochester Americans Hockey team.

    He owns most of the inner harbor on the lake
    And plans to build a entertainment complex
    That will rival any complex any where in the
    USA. This would include a new Bills domed
    Stadium that would host Superbowls, Ncaa
    Football and basketball Championships,
    Political conventions and concerts and many
    Other things.

    His goal is to transform the Western NY
    Region back into the regional power
    It once was. With the shortage of fresh
    Water in the USA. The Great Lakes region
    Is poised to become a economical power
    House line it one was at the turn of the Century
    When the Erie Canal was built across upstate
    NY. Fresh water will soon become the booming
    One of the most important resources to have
    As we move forward in time.

    Terry Pegula money source of income
    Is natural Gas. He just digs more natural gas wells
    On his land And he gets Billions more.

    It’s like he has a license to print Money

    The New York State would love to see
    Pegula get the team. The reason
    Pegula would build his own stadium
    With out tax payer Money.

    So let’s set the record stright

    The NFl would never approve Trump
    Because of the USFL stuff

    Bon Jovi group can’t bid over 1 Billion
    Because Bon Jovi does not have.
    The 30 percent as lead owner.

    To top all this the lease with Erie county
    And NY State says the Bills can not sell
    The team to anyone that even hints that
    The team could be moved.

    So the Bills are here 2 stay in Buffalo
    Until 2022.

    This thing is over. Terry Pegula just sold
    1.7 billion dollars in natural Gas 6 months
    Ago. He closed on the deal. He has that money
    Set aside to buy the Buffalo Bills.

    No other buyers will come forward
    To break the lease you would have to
    Go to court and Sue NY state
    And Erie County and then pay 600 Million
    To the state and county.

    Then by the Buffalo Bills for more than
    1.7 Billion. Because that is what Pegula
    Is prepared to bid them up to.

    Then if the buyers from Toronto
    Or Los Angles they would have to
    Get 1 billion to build a stadium.

    So do you really think anyone else is going to
    Own this Buffalo Bulls team.

    Bon Jovi should embarrassing him self
    And bow out gracefully.

    Note just so you people who are uninformed
    Between Buffalo, Rochester Ny
    And Southern Ontario there are 5 million
    People who live less then 90 minutes
    From the Bills stadium.

    The bills are always in the top 3 teams in the
    Nfl for local team TV ratings.

    In the last 18 months NY state has invested
    Over a Billion Dollars in the Buffalo NY market

    This city is on it’s way back. It’s one of the best
    Places in the USA to raise a family. Housing
    Is inexpensive and jobs are coming back

    So for those who like to put buffalo and western
    NY your just never made a visit. Great food, great
    People. Lots of out door stuff to do. Hunting fishing
    Biking. The 2nd biggest wine region
    In the USA out side of Nappa Valley
    Lives in western NY in the finger lakes region.
    If you can get past the 4 months of winter
    It’s a dream place to live.

    The Bills are Buffalo they are woven
    In the fabric of our lives. They are important
    You never move the steelers or packers
    Would you. How about Denver when there
    Sold. I don’t think do. I have no problem
    With Toronto or Canada getting a team.
    But it should be an expansion team.

    Note Ralph Wilson Stadium just had a
    150 million dollar renovation.
    It’s one of the best places on earth
    To view a football game. The stands a
    Close to the field. And it’s by far the biggest
    And best place to tailgate.

    Come on NFL fans please support
    Our proud City and Football team

  100. natelan says: Aug 5, 2014 9:40 PM

    Buffalo better hold on to what they’ve got. It doesn’t make a difference if they make it or not. They’ve got each other, and that’s a lot.

  101. Deb says: Aug 5, 2014 9:49 PM

    Don’t know who’s moderating tonight, allowing all these funny posts, critiques of Florio, and back-and-forth between the commenters … but please keep this person!! It’s almost reading like an adult football site!

  102. scyankee64 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:54 PM

    I’ve seen some posters who indicate Bon Jovi is from Toronto. Bon Jovi is from New Jersey, not Canada.

  103. pwarren837 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:07 PM

    I agree.. taking the bills out of buffalo would be brutal… i want a team in southern Ontario badly, but I think it should be via expansion!! I think Canada is a lot more deserving of a team than London. We have the fan base to support a team here. The bills are buffalo period. With that being said if the bills HAD to moved I would much rather see them here than somewhere a lot farther like L.A or San Antonio or Alaska or wherever else the rumors are… the bills belong in buffalo, but for gods sake I hope trump stays out of this and its just a publicity stunt. The guy would be cancer for the NFL.

  104. hardspun says: Aug 6, 2014 12:09 AM

    Hate to see any team move. I don’t even like teams changing uniforms.

  105. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 6, 2014 2:26 AM

    Just move to Toronto already. Real New Yorkers don’t consider Buffalo as part of the state anyway.

  106. billscastdotcom says: Aug 6, 2014 2:36 AM

    I feel like we’re burying the lead here…

    So the trust is saying the buyer CAN’T MOVE THE TEAM????

    If this is true that is the biggest news story in Buffalo since…I don’t even know!

  107. gonzoforbills says: Aug 6, 2014 7:40 AM

    misterfuji1982 says:
    Aug 5, 2014 4:13 PM
    Buffalo is a dead city. It’s 2014, and the NFL shouldn’t be making location decisions based on 1930’s population trends.

    Move the team to Toronto. The entire nation of Canada will embrace it, and diehard Bills fans can still travel 90 miles to see their team if they so desire.

    **************************************
    I already travel 90, I’m not going 180 each way…

  108. ajax9913 says: Aug 6, 2014 11:15 AM

    Bills fans are very loyal fans , and moving the team would be devastating. I am a life long fan and i go to the games and i love buffalo , although i live in Syracuse. The bills are the only true New York team, having some one move them would be a slap in the face to us true New Yorkers. Keeping the bills in Buffalo and building a new stadium , and putting some money into the team would get us a super bowl and light Buffalo’s economy on fire! For fans sake and history sake, The Bills need to stay in Buffalo and bring us some Super Bowl rings!!!!

  109. promickey says: Aug 6, 2014 12:06 PM

    Mike Florio’s anti Donald Trump campaign will back fire. Trump will win out in this business battle for the Bills Franchise. The Donald has real hair no matter what anyone says. Likewise his bid of One Billion in Cash is real…….

  110. realbkw says: Aug 6, 2014 2:15 PM

    They’re only worth what the market will bear. But the Browns sold for over $1B. I imagine the Bills would be of similar value. Does anybody know what comes with the purchase of the Bills? Like, do they own the stadium? If not, how long is their agreement with the stadium’s owners? Do they own their practice facilities? Do they have an agreement with the city or state to stay in exchange for tax abatements? Do other owners have a say in who buys the team and whether they can relocate? What implications would there be if they moved to Canada? Would it be like the MLB’s DH rule, so that any Toronto Bills home games would be played according to Canadian football rules? Okay, that last one was tongue-in-cheek, but the others are serious considerations.

  111. realbkw says: Aug 6, 2014 2:55 PM

    If they sell to Trump two things will happen:
    1. He will “Trumpify” the team and make it an embarrassment for the NFL
    2. Whatever the selling price, anything more than a down payment would be lost as Trump’s business model is for that arm of his enterprises to file for bankruptcy. That is, after he runs up all kinds of monies-due to people/businesses like concessionaires, the parking company, etc.

    I personally can’t see Bob Kraft spending meeting time in the same room as Donald Trump. Jerry Jones might enjoy it, but not Kraft.

    Dear The Donald,
    Please don’t sue me like you sued Rosie O’Donnell. I am only stating my personal opinion. And I don’t own anything you could possibly want or need. Except maybe my old school Patriots sweatshirt.

  112. thirtyrackdash says: Aug 6, 2014 5:53 PM

    Buffalo hasn’t been to the playoffs this MILLENNIUM. That sounds like it’s some kind of a joke but it is a fact. Last time the Bills made the playoffs was the Music City Miracle in 1999 when they limped in as the wild card.

    Just let the team go already, the team should have moved out of Buffalo with the industry back when they opened the St. Lawrence Seaway. What the heck is a “Bill” anyway you weirdos.

  113. bobsnygiants says: Aug 6, 2014 6:14 PM

    DON’t trust this guy, say BON BON

  114. Dogsweat says: Aug 10, 2014 4:38 PM

    New York Jets vs New Jersey Bills in 2015.

    I like it.

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