The latest chapter in Jon Bon Jovi's effort to become one of the new owners of the NFL's Buffalo Bills franchise is an open letter from the rocker that was published Sunday in The Buffalo News in which he tries to clarify his position and reassure fans worried the team might be relocating to Toronto.
The letter, titled "Why We're Bidding on the Buffalo Bills," marks the first time Bon Jovi has publicly discussed his intentions regarding the team.
Bon Jovi writes "Our objective is simple: to carry on the legacy of [late Bills founder] Ralph Wilson and make the Bills successful in Buffalo."
The New Jersey rocker explains, "There has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it's important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo."
In the letter, Bon Jovi states that he wants to keep the Bills in Western New York by building a "state-of-the-art NFL stadium for the loyal Bills fans."
He writes, "I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I'm not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day."
The Bills Fan Alliance, a group of fans and business leaders who are worried about the team moving, responded to the open letter with apprehension.
"While we appreciate his sentiment, it's worth noting that nowhere in his letter does he write or directly state that he will 'not move the Bills from Buffalo,' " wrote Alliance's directors, Matt Sabuda, Brian Cinelli and Steve Brady in a statement.
"Anything short of formal action taken on their part will be viewed as nothing more than rhetoric," the Alliance directors wrote."
The Buffalo News reports Bon Jovi's Toronto-based group made a non-binding initial bid to buy the Bills last Tuesday. According to New York magazine, Bon Jovi's associates also own the Maple Leafs, Raptors and the Air Canada Centre,
Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, and developer Donald Trump are also among the parties in the running to buy the Bills franchise.
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