Report: Bon Jovi involved with Toronto group that hopes to buy the Bills

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The Wilson family may have multiple potential buyers for the Buffalo Bills.

Jon Bon Jovi, who has made no secret about his desire to become an NFL owner, reportedly is the face of a Toronto-based group intent on buying a team, according to Jon Kryk of the Toronto Sun.  (That’s a much better face than, say, Rob Ford.)

“Jon remains passionate in his pursuit of an NFL franchise,” Bon Jovi’s publicist, Ken Sunshine, said via email.

Bon Jovi previously had been linked to the Bills.  He has insisted that there was no active effort to buy the team, presumably out of respect for Ralph Wilson, who died last month at 95.

Three years ago, Bon Jovi reportedly was plotting to buy 15 percent of the Falcons from Arthur Blank.

As Kryk explains it, Bon Jovi possibly lacks the financial wherewithal to satisfy the league’s minimum ownership requirement.  So while Bon Jovi may be the face of the group, someone else will have to be the muscle.

It’s unclear whether Bon Jovi’s group would try to move the team to Toronto.  Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, a Buffalo native, also has been connected to the franchise.  Jacobs reportedly would keep the team in Buffalo.

83 responses to “Report: Bon Jovi involved with Toronto group that hopes to buy the Bills

  1. For the love of god…take it from a BILLS fan that lives in Toronto and has been to a game at the Rogers Centre…DO NOT MOVE THE TEAM HERE! Please stay in BUFFALO!!!!!

  2. Cam Neely said today on Felger & Mazz that Jeremy Jacobs has no interest buying the Bills.

    BTW, Cam Neely is a former superstar player who is now President of the Boston Bruins.

    John Elway is also a former superstar player who is now President of the Denver Broncos.

    Cam Neely has a Championship as President. John Elway does not.

    Cam Neely > John Elway

  3. Bills fans went nuts every time I said they’d move to Toronto after Wilson died. This has been in the planning stages for years.

  4. Toronto couldn’t even keep the stadium series, or fill the stadium for those games. They don’t want American football. If they want to see American football they can make the trip across the boarder.

    If they move the Bills to Toronto it’ll be like the previous teams in L.A. who left. Just because it’s a big city doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to move a sports team there.

    Keep the Bills in Buffalo where they belong.

  5. As a resident of Toronto and a 41 year supporter of the Bills, should this occur the NFL would be dead to me.

    Also should the Rogers people be in any way be involved in moving the Bills to TO, not only will I cancel all my TV, internet, cell phones,etc, I will hook a pickup truck to any Rogers cable in my house and forcefully remove so that no future buyers will be able to subscribe to their service


  6. I wish somebody would buy the bills at my house. house payment, the water bill, the electric bill, the phone bill……..

  7. The Bills deserve Toronto, not that dump in Buffalo.

    They will build a world class NFL stadium for the team here. Anyone delusional enough to think the team will play in the Rogers Centre is out to lunch.

  8. The only thing worse than Bon Jovi involving his “business skills” with a pro football team? His music, which has the uncanny ability to promote sterility in male listeners.

  9. Simply put, Toronto sports fans are not that passionate about getting an NFL team.

    The Bills games in Toronto do not sell out and the crowd at the Rogers Center doesn’t seem to be that interested in the game.

  10. So they have the money and the faces, but do they have the brains to win at football and who is supplying that? That’s what I want to know, I could care less who signs the checks and just wondering if this is going to be a great team or remain a dud. Last playoff appearance was in 2000 and the last playoff win 1995, this franchise needs to be rescued and turned into something relevant.

  11. It takes like a billion dollars to be an NFL owner now.

    Bon Jovi probably only has like a few hundred million. What a loser.

  12. You can’t just move, you need league approval. You can’t just buy a team. You need league approval. Rush Limbaugh tried to buy the Rams, but the league wouldn’t let him.

  13. Let’s see… Bon Jovi is friends with Bill Belichick. Brandon Spikes talks smack about the Patriots. Bon Jovi plans to move the Bills out of the country. You couldn’t just stay quiet, Brandon?

  14. I live an hour and a half away from Toronto and two hours from orchard park. Right in the middle almost (on Canadian side) and they should keep that team in buffalo. Toronto loves their basketball, hockey, soccer, and for two months, baseball team but the nfl just doesn’t fit the culture there. Same things as when the cfl went down to the states. I love the nfl and love the bus trips from Ontario to orchard park but have never had the slightest interest to go down the opposite way of the qew to see them in Toronto.

  15. Called this last week. I love being right.

    He kicked Sambora out of the band using “rehab” as an excuse, but it was really so he could keep Sambora’s share of the touring money to stockpile the extra cash.

    The happy after effect was that it brought the hugely underrated Phil X to the spotlight as Sambora’s replacement.

  16. Lived in Toronto for 35 years. Toronto is just not an NFL town. Some folks want to bring a team here because they know NFL=$$$. But Toronto lives or dies with the Leafs, for better or worse (generally almost always worse). It could be game 7 of the World Series or the NFC championship game and folks will want to watch the boys in blue lose 4-0.

  17. NFL is a fail in Canada. A potential Toronto franchise is doomed. They don’t have the fanbase, the stadium or the culture to support American football. No player would ever want to play there.

    The Bills belong in WNY and that’s where they will stay. Bon Jovi can go hug Robert Kraft’s ball sack

  18. Hey Bills fans, we’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got. It doesn’t really matter if we make it or not.

  19. Toronto is not going to happen. They would have to buy the team, pay the relocation fee and build a new stadium as Rogers center cannot support an NFL team. Canada does not publicly finance stadiums the way we do in the states, and if they did the CFL would sue, even if the stadium is privately financed i believe the CFL would sue. And this does not count the Players Association as players would pay Canadian and US taxes. I say again Canada will not happen. A second team in LA? Maybe as I believe a team will be there before the Bills lease is up

  20. No interest in him being an owner.

    Anyway, plans are in motion to build a new stadium. Bids that keep the team in Buffalo will be looked at first, no matter what the $$$ amount of other bids are.

    Thing is, with the NFL relocation fee and the fee to break the lease, the cost of the team would be much greater for someone who plans on taking them out of town. Also, if an owner bought them now with the intention to move them in 5-6 years when the lease is easier to break, nobody would go to the games – doesn’t make financial sense.

  21. This was first reported in the Toronto papers 3 months ago. Bon Jovi is close friends with Bob Kraft – one of the most influential owners in league. He’s also buddies with Tim Lieweke who runs MLSE… So he’s got some powerful friends.

  22. I don’t understand why all of a sudden everyone has Buffalo moving out of town. Now the Toronto rumors are swirling. Sure the NFL would be big in Canada since it would be the first NFL team in that country and it opens up good-sized sponsorship possibilities as well as really good media opportunity (radio, TV), but what has Buffalo done to deserve losing its team? I lived there for nearly eight years and they have some of the most enthusiastic fans in any city. The team hasn’t been great the past few years and it is a small market team, but shouldn’t fan support count for something? When the Jerry Jones’ and Daniel Snyder’s of the world got involved, it changed the whole complexion of the NFL. Now it’s not what’s best for the League, it’s only what’s best for ME. I remember people like Ralph Wilson and a couple others, raising that issue. Selfishness now prevails by many owners. I realize things change, but unless they think of everyone and not just themselves, it will be the ruination of this great sport. It will take cooler heads prevailing like the Rooney family and a couple of others.

  23. Enough with the nonsense of putting a team in Toronto or London or Mexico City. Leave the National Football League the way it is!!!

  24. Stay away from the NFL Bon Jovi. We don’t need your self absorbed hype. There’s already enough of that

  25. You realize that it’s not in a trust. Mary Wilson has the say in who she sells too. She is not selling to any loser who wants to move to Toronto

  26. Bon Jovi/Toronto can both fall off the map.

    Jeremy Jacobs and/or Donald Trump will not let this happen. No matter what people say, they have interest and connections to the area and powerful people involved.

    Another potential “sleeper” would be Sabres’ owner, Terry Pegula…who would immediately rank as a top-5 owner in the NFL in terms of wealth and net-worth.

    The “trust,” the state and the league, especially WNY-native and NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, better do good by the good fans of Buffalo…or else they will lose a lot of long-time fans of the league in general, as well as TV-ratings that are already among the NFL’s best.

    I personally would never watch another NFL game for as long as I lived, if they move the team out of the WNY region.

  27. Im not so sure the NFL would approve an ownership group where a celebrity is a frontman for a big sports business. The real owners would be a company, and that’s against the rules.

  28. How many players will want to play in Toronto with a Tax Rate of over 50% ? Who would want to own a team and have to pay a Tax Rate of over 50%, & a $ 400,000,000 payment to Erie County for moving the team. A Stadium Lease payment ( The Bills presently pay nothing to play in the Ralph which is presently undergoing $ 400 Million in renovations ). The NFL also risks losing it’s tax exempt status and anti trust exemption if they move

  29. You gotta wonder if they’re thinking about playing half the home games in Buffalo and half in Toronto.

    Neither city seems like it’s able to support a team strongly for 8 games. Maybe sell outs for 4 games per city is the way to go.

    Hey Buffalo – beats losing the team entirely to LA!

  30. I heard over the weekend during the Yankee series that the Jays are kicking the Argos out of the Rogers Center in a couple of years so they can rip up their turf and put down a grass field for baseball. So no football there..

  31. The reason the bills in Toronto series failed was not due to lack of interest. The reason was that it was not Toronto’s team. The support would be there for a team with Toronto on the jersey.
    Who wants to over pay to see the team with the longest play-off draught play another non play-off team in December? If it was there own team things would be different.
    Don’t base your opinion of Toronto’s interest in NFL ball based on the attendance to watch the Buffalo Bills. Shows some football knowledge because I know I would rather watch 12 other games on TV then pay to watch buffalo.

  32. Jon, please. Listen to me. Anything you do with the Bills will ruin you to millions of people. If you move the team, your music will be banned in a 500 mile radius. And if you keep the team and mismanage it, your image will be dead. Let a real owner step in and manage the team, and you can keep making records

  33. Jon Bon Jovi and Donald Trump and attempting to purchase the Buffalo Bills. The only way this could be more absurd would be if Elton John throws his hat into the ring of suitors.

  34. Tommy used to work for the Bills
    Bon Jovi moved the team
    He’s down on his luck…it’s tough, so tough

  35. The Bills need to stay in Buffalo. It’s a shame when cities have to worry about losing their teams. The Bills have a great history in Buffalo. That is where they need to stay.

  36. this may be a dumb question but why are people assuming if this happened, the team would move to toronto?

  37. As a fan of the NFL and a pretty well-seasoned traveler, I’d love to see a team in Toronto. I would travel to see my team play in Toronto, which is one of the nicer cities in the world. I WOULD NOT travel to see my team play in Buffalo, which is a dying relic of American manufacturing like most of Western/Upstate New York. Just the opinion of an outsider.

  38. Teams like Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Jacksonville, just don’t have the market, stadium, economy, corporate partnerships to support an nfl team. It wouldn’t surprise me if any of those 3 teams are moved to LA, Toronto, Portland, San Antonio or London.

  39. The Bills have to stay in Buffalo til 2020. If a owner buys them now with plans to move them they will lose money for the next 6 years and have no fan base.

  40. This is good news for Patriots Fans. Maybe at Gillette stadium they will stop playing that awful Bon Jovi song after the Pats score a TD and go back to Rock and Roll Part 2 (Hey song).

  41. As a life long Browns fan who has been through this…keep the Bills in Buffalo. These owners who think these moves pay off more in the long run are wrong. Toronto will never love, support, etc the franchise like they do in Buffalo. They should spend their time trying to field a good team and stop the nonsense!

  42. If Bon Jovi is interested in buying an NFL team I would bet that the
    People advising him include Belichick and the Kraft family . The most
    natural move upward and perhaps the only upward move Belichick would want , would be ownership,of an NFL team.

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