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Jon Bon Jovi says Titans aren’t for sale (yet)

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Jon Bon Jovi, Chairman of the JBJ Foundation speaks at the Clinton Global Citizens Awards during the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting on September 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) Getty Images

Jon Bon Jovi something something pun involving the title of one of his songs.

The aging rocker who tried to buy the Buffalo Bills says, contrary to a report from CBS, that he’s not interested in buying the Tennessee Titans. It’s not the denial but the forcefulness of it that may cause some to think he’s merely playing nice while a non-compliant ownership structure potentially results in the placement of a “for sale” sign in the front yard.

Let me dispel the rumors right now,” Bon Jovi told the Associated Press. “I wake up to these headlines with my name on them and they’re just not true. I want to make it perfectly clear that the team is not for sale, nor has it ever been, and I respect and admire Bud Adams’ legacy. End of story, I wish them all the success in the world. . . . You wake up to that and you’re, ‘Wait a minute. I don’t want to upset anybody. I didn’t do anything.'”

If he doesn’t want to buy the Titans, that’s fine. The effort to be “perfectly clear” that the team is not for sale and never has been seems to be a little gratuitous. If, as he says “he’s in the music business,” how or why does he know with perfect clarity that the Titans aren’t and never were for sale?

I’m in the NFL information business, and I can’t say anything about the team’s ownership situation with “perfect clarity,” apart from the fact that the team stubbornly refuses to acknowledge that the lingering ownership issue could eventually force an involuntary sale of the team.

If Bon Jovi wants to be in position to buy the team, it makes sense for him to go out of his way to support the “not for sale” party line unless and until the team is for sale. If/when that happens, Bon Jovi’s effort to buy the team could be viewed more favorably.

Conversely, if he’s seen as someone who was agitating in an effort to make a sale happen at a time when they’re trying their best to avoid that outcome, the single-D Adams family will go out of their way to ensure that the team will be sold to anyone on the planet other than him.

Put more simply, his effort to vouch for the franchise’s position that the team isn’t for sale makes his claim that he doesn’t want to buy it less credible. Especially since he’s done it before.

“The Bills are not for sale, and he has too much respect for Mr. [Ralph] Wilson to engage in any discussions of buying the team,” a Bon Jovi publicist said in November 2013.

So, yeah, if/when the Titans ever are for sale, something something pun involving the title of one of his songs.

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51 Responses to “Jon Bon Jovi says Titans aren’t for sale (yet)”
  1. charger383 says: Oct 19, 2016 7:23 PM

    He would be a great owner

  2. cobrala2 says: Oct 19, 2016 7:31 PM

    Regarding this rumor, 🎤 I want to lay it down in a bed of roses. 🎤

  3. sopadegato says: Oct 19, 2016 7:33 PM

    Bring back the Houston Oilers, damnit.

  4. texanfan62 says: Oct 19, 2016 7:38 PM

    Wish he could buy the Texans

  5. therealraider says: Oct 19, 2016 7:43 PM

    I find it very hard to believe Bon Jovi has the kind of money it takes to buy an NFL Franchise.

  6. jag1959 says: Oct 19, 2016 7:44 PM

    “Put more simply, his effort to vouch for the franchise’s position that the team isn’t for sale makes his claim that he doesn’t want to buy it less credible. Especially since he’s done it before.”

    When he said he wasn’t interested in buying the Bills Ralph Wilson was alive and the team was not for sale, he squashed the rumor out of “respect for Mr Wilson.” He was part of an ownership group that did put in a bid after Wilson passed and the team actually was for sale. Not sure how that should negatively impact his credibility this time around.

  7. mackcarrington says: Oct 19, 2016 7:45 PM

    It would be appropriate for him to own a team in “Music City”.

  8. ravensbob says: Oct 19, 2016 7:50 PM

    The Toronto Titans. Sounds good!

  9. dangerbird28 says: Oct 19, 2016 7:54 PM

    could be worse – could be Donald Trump saying he’s not interested in buying the Titans…

  10. pfatalbert says: Oct 19, 2016 7:59 PM

    Bring Kenneth Bone on-board and call it the “Bone Jovi’s”

  11. jerseyshoregiant says: Oct 19, 2016 8:06 PM

    I find it very hard to believe Bon Jovi has the kind of money it takes to buy an NFL Franchise.

    ———————————————-
    He definitely has to money to be a majority owner. Bon Jovi is one of the best selling(I’m says best but best selling) artists of all time. Has record sales well over a hundred million.
    I would bet he is worth over $500 million.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 19, 2016 8:07 PM

    “I find it very hard to believe Bon Jovi has the kind of money it takes to buy an NFL Franchise.”

    No but he’s got a good chunk of it if he’s been smart with what he has.

    Bon Jovi has been the top grossing worldwide touring act more than once in the last 10 years. He sells out stadiums and arenas around the world and tours quite a bit.

  13. jerseyshoregiant says: Oct 19, 2016 8:07 PM

    should read I’m not saying best but best selling.

  14. frank booth says: Oct 19, 2016 8:09 PM

    His picture looks like he’s turning into Barry Manilow.

    His bubble-gum lyrics are essentially a rocked-up version of Manilow.

    He’s New Jersey’s “Springsteen Lite”.

  15. rootpain says: Oct 19, 2016 8:15 PM

    Florio says, “I’m in the NFL information business.”
    That says it all. So obviously, if there is something about the NFL that you don’t know, we can all safely assume that no one knows.

  16. aldavisisthenfl says: Oct 19, 2016 8:16 PM

    Contrary to popular belief, he doesn’t have that kind of loot. Minority owner at best.

  17. hammers01 says: Oct 19, 2016 8:19 PM

    Oh I think he’s half way there. (Which means) he’s living on a prayer.

  18. aljack88 says: Oct 19, 2016 8:19 PM

    texanfan62 says:
    Oct 19, 2016 7:38 PM
    Wish he could buy the Texans
    ===============================
    Well, maybe if he can get some good inside trader info on some hot stocks……..

  19. bordner says: Oct 19, 2016 8:20 PM

    Google “Jon Bon Jovi net worth” – minority owner at best.

  20. chadoz97 says: Oct 19, 2016 8:38 PM

    Jon Bon Jovi may be Livin’ on a Prayer in hoping the Titans go up for sale. But if they do, the rocker should be the Runaway favorite. The question is, why would he want the Titans? They Give Love, I mean football, a Bad Name. Almost Always have. They Make, er, made a Memory with the Music City Miracle, but since have been Bad Medicine. Anyway, hang in there Titans fans, You gotta Keep the Faith.

    Now, being a New Jersey guy, I’m guessing in Bon Jovi’s Secret Dreams, he’d love lay his hands on ownership of the Giants, right? And if he won a few Super Bowls with the G-Men, it would be a Shot through the Heart for those teams that previously said “This House (and team) is Not for Sale.”

    Man this is awful, but I gave it a shot! I know I’ll be ridiculed, but that’s OK. I’m going down in a Blaze of Glory.

  21. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Oct 19, 2016 9:24 PM

    The day after Bon Jovi promised he would keep the Bills in Buffalo, he was in Toronto looking at sites for a new stadium.
    Snake in the grass, don’t trust him.
    Thank God for Terry and Kim Pegula..

  22. dangerbird28 says: Oct 19, 2016 9:25 PM

    “I find it very hard to believe Bon Jovi has the kind of money it takes to buy an NFL Franchise.”

    He was the lead investor for the Toronto group trying to buy the Bills. the NFL’s ownership rules say the primary/lead investor must own 30% of the team. Bon Jovi dropped out of the investing group when the bidding went north of $1 billion, which means he was ready to kick in around $300 million. Hard to say exactly what the Titans would sell for, but I’d say $1 billion is now the minimum – he has the money to be in the discussion

  23. jake6879 says: Oct 19, 2016 9:30 PM

    Bon Jovi has a net worth of over $300 million. That might not be enough to be a sole owner of an NFL franchise but certainly not a minority owner either. 1) you don’t write a check and pay cash for something like that. You pay over time. 2) Bon Jovi has a steady income stream to pay that payment.

    There’s no reason he couldn’t afford to be a principal in a strong ownership group.

  24. timmyp716 says: Oct 19, 2016 9:45 PM

    Here folks is your new owner of the Toronto Titans

  25. nnagi says: Oct 19, 2016 9:48 PM

    First of all, this dude’s music sucks, always has and always will…only the dorks and chicks liked this music in the 80’s…secondly, he doesn’t have the money to buy any major league franchise let alone an NFL team

  26. 4onafloor says: Oct 19, 2016 11:01 PM

    Wow, never let the truth get in the way of clickbait! This rumor has been running for 3 years and I have a feeling it will still be on here 3 years from now.

  27. zaphod424242 says: Oct 20, 2016 1:24 AM

    I thought he had the ability to turn back time.

  28. youbettercallsaul says: Oct 20, 2016 1:28 AM

    @ chadoz97
    You never said goodbye, and that, my friend, makes you a little runaway!

  29. balt88 says: Oct 20, 2016 3:27 AM

    He’s not owner material. He doesn’t have anywhere near the finances and too many potential problems with his ownership.

    Couple that with how he tried to stealth the Bills to Canada after lying about it and just keep him away from the entire conversation.

  30. bpacha77511 says: Oct 20, 2016 4:30 AM

    Hows this…….
    So, yeah, if/when the Titans ever are for sale he will either get the ok and buy it or he will get shot down in a “Blaze of Glory.”

  31. bpacha77511 says: Oct 20, 2016 4:31 AM

    Sorry chadoz97 i didnt see you had done blaze of glory already.

  32. bpacha77511 says: Oct 20, 2016 4:39 AM

    So since someone did BOG already how about….
    So, yeah, if/when the Titans ever are for sale theyll either sell it to him or tell him to take a hike down “Tokyo Road!”

  33. stipez says: Oct 20, 2016 4:53 AM

    Thanks for reminding me of all of his terrible music.

    Wake me up when Slayer wants to buy the Raiders.

  34. Iknowitall says: Oct 20, 2016 5:49 AM

    I am so sick of this Bon Jovi crap about buying a team.

    Jon Bon Jovi does NOT have the money to purchase a football team. The guy is just a famous face with a little money, who wants to stay in the public eye somehow.
    He will only ever be the famous face for a deep pocket person who actually does have the cash necessary to purchase a big league team.
    Stop promoting Bon jovi as some serious buyer.

  35. teal379 says: Oct 20, 2016 7:02 AM

    jerseyshoregiant says:
    Oct 19, 2016 8:06 PM
    I find it very hard to believe Bon Jovi has the kind of money it takes to buy an NFL Franchise.

    ———————————————-
    He definitely has to money to be a majority owner. Bon Jovi is one of the best selling(I’m says best but best selling) artists of all time. Has record sales well over a hundred million.
    I would bet he is worth over $500 million.

    His net worth is 300 million. He would have to be part of an investment group that then finances the the purchase price for the team.

    He has just enough money to help with a down payment of a billion dollar+ purchase.

    What he doesn’t have is a robust enough revenue stream OUTSIDE of the team the help should issues arise with the Titans. He would be the type of owner that MUST get public money for the team facilities et al.

    I know – he amassed 300 million but the music industry right now isn’t the same as the one he entered and he’s aging. His fan base is basically middle aged women who are reliving their high school years. That has a short shelf life.

    I’m not blasting him as a person or an owner, just stating that his viability to be an owner like Jerry Jones or even Khan isn’t huge. He’s more like a Spanos/Davis when it comes to finances. Enough to acquire, hold onto but not really renovate and improve on his own.

  36. drbandkgb says: Oct 20, 2016 7:04 AM

    oh were half way there…..ohhh oh… titans are for sale…

  37. woodbridgekid73 says: Oct 20, 2016 7:40 AM

    Bon Jovi is a carpetbagging charlatan, don’t believe anything he says. He tried to move the Bills to Toronto.

  38. gorilladunk says: Oct 20, 2016 8:16 AM

    “I respect and admire Bud Adams’ legacy…”. That statement alone should disqualify him as a potential owner.

  39. chrisk61 says: Oct 20, 2016 8:22 AM

    bon jovi would be the front man in the ownership group of an nfl team. minority stake certainly. but more so the public figure. kinda like with his band…the front man.

    similar to what beckham is trying to do with a miami MLS team. be the face of the ownership group.

    essentially buy a team with someone else’s money.

  40. TitanUp 1999 says: Oct 20, 2016 8:56 AM

    I’m completely fine with the Adams family continuing to run the team. Since Amy has come in and taken control of the franchise, she’s only made one questionable move, that being continuing to employ Mike Mularkey.

    Mrs. Adams-Strunk bought a house in Nashville recently, Nissan Stadium has gone under renovations recently with more scheduled for the future, the only thing the franchise and the city/fanbase needs is a winning team.

    Nashville is a solid market for football and to those saying to “Bring back the Houston Oilers” they’re dead, it’s been 20 years, it’s time to move on.

  41. jgedgar70 says: Oct 20, 2016 8:57 AM

    frank booth says:
    Oct 19, 2016 8:09 PM

    His picture looks like he’s turning into Barry Manilow.
    _____
    I thought the pic was Roger Lodge with either photoshopped or frosted hair.

    And hey, I thought Peyton Manning was supposed to buy the Titans….

  42. ipskipskyblue says: Oct 20, 2016 8:58 AM

    The Manning family will be the next owners of the Titans once Eli retires.

  43. abninf says: Oct 20, 2016 9:03 AM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Oct 19, 2016 8:07 PM
    “I find it very hard to believe Bon Jovi has the kind of money it takes to buy an NFL Franchise.”

    No but he’s got a good chunk of it if he’s been smart with what he has.

    Bon Jovi has been the top grossing worldwide touring act more than once in the last 10 years. He sells out stadiums and arenas around the world and tours quite a bit.
    ===================================

    His net worth is 300 million dollars, and though that’s serious money I’m sure most of it isn’t cash in the bank free to be spent on a football team. And even if it was, it’s not near enough to buy a ball club.

  44. jjackwagon says: Oct 20, 2016 9:04 AM

    Bon Jovi is rich but NFL owners are wealthy. If you don’t understand the difference google Chris Rock. He will be glad to explain it to you.

  45. jeffreyshulenburg says: Oct 20, 2016 9:17 AM

    Tool tried to buy and relocate the Bills 2 years ago. He will try again with the next team that comes up.

    Take it from us Nashville, he wants nothing more than to buy your team and move it where he can make more money

  46. boca12 says: Oct 20, 2016 9:22 AM

    According to Celebrity Net worth dot com, he is worth $300,000,000. Not including hidden assets (hidden from people who report net worth, not the IRS etc). Forbes has him at number 13.

    If dumb ass in Oakland can own a team, so can John Bon Jovi…..

    And being in Music City USA may be a good fit. Many others with money in Nashville would step in with him me thinks….

  47. newjerseygiants says: Oct 20, 2016 9:36 AM

    BonJovi is worth $300 million and that also accounts for real estate and other non-liquid assets. Not exactly NFL team owner wealth although he must have plenty of big money friends on Wall Street. He’d be a puppet owner if this ever occurs as nobody would be too thrilled about Goldman Sachs or whoever actually holds the paper.

  48. baldbuc says: Oct 20, 2016 9:43 AM

    “and I respect and admire Bud Adams’ legacy”

    Apparently he knows little about Bud Adams. The man that tried to blackmail the city of Houston and screwed over it’s fans, then on to Nashville with continued antics like flipping the bird from his box and caught doing it again on video while on his cart on the sidelines.

    There is a reason why despite being one of the founders of the AFL he is not in the HOF yet his colleagues are.

  49. eroschmidt says: Oct 20, 2016 10:33 AM

    He tried to team up with Rogers (of Rogers Communications) to buy the Buffalo Bills and move them to Toronto. He denied that rumor as well but it turned out to be true. You still see the No Bon Jovi signs throughout WNY. BTW, you guys are right – he does not have the money to buy an NFL team. He will kick in $300 milllion and have bigger financial backing. Unless those DirectTV commercials are really paying off….

  50. benfranklinshat says: Oct 20, 2016 10:45 AM

    “The aging rocker”?
    He’s only a couple years older than you Mike!

  51. rxrider2000 says: Oct 20, 2016 11:50 AM

    So the Titans are basically saying “This House is Not for Sale”?😉

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