Jon Bon Jovi has a lot of adoring fans all across the country, but not many of them live in Buffalo nowadays. Fans of the Buffalo Bills football franchise are fuming over the possibility the singer may buy the team and move it north of the border.
The team has been up for sale ever since owner Ralph Wilson passed away at age of 95 back in March.
Bon Jovi, a founding owner of the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul, has reportedly been interested in owning an NFL team for a long time and is friendly with a number of NFL owners. New York magazine reports Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and John Mara, the owner of the rocker's beloved New York Giants, have all endorsed him for NFL ownership.
In June, Bon Jovi was reportedly seen having lunch with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Manhattan.
According to New York magazine, Bon Jovi is unable to meet the team's likely selling price of $1 billion, so he's teamed up with a group in Toronto that also owns the Maple Leafs, Raptors and the Air Canada Centre, where Bon Jovi has played 19 concerts since 2000.
Former Bills receiver Andre Reed, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, told the magazine how he feels about Bon Jovi possibly buying the team and moving it to Canada. “Man, f**k Bon Jovi,” Reed exclaimed. “You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls.”
Several fans have formed a group called Bills Fan Thunder to spearhead a Bon Jovi boycott. Many Buffalo bars, restaurants and radio stations have now declared themselves “Bon Jovi–free zones.” Charles Pellien, one of the group's founders, tells New York magazine, “We had a band last weekend that was playing Bon Jovi at a bar, and people were booing and throwing our posters at them." Pellien adds, “The bar’s jukebox had 28 Bon Jovi songs, but no one played them.”
Matt Sabuda and Brian Cinelli, are co-founders of a second fan group, the Buffalo Fan Alliance. They're developing a plan to raise money that would be used as a loan to a buyer who would keep the Bills in Buffalo.
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