Posted November 24, 2013

Rock star Jon Bon Jovi could be looking to buy the Buffalo Bills

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Jon Bon Jovi and Tom Brady shake hands as Patriots owner Robert Kraft looks on. (Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Jon Bon Jovi, longtime singer of the band that bears his last name, is reportedly positioning himself to purchase the Buffalo Bills at some time in the future. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Bon Jovi is aligning himself to be one of the contestants for the franchise, which will be on the market when 95-year-old owner Ralph Wilson passes. Wilson has owned the team since its inception in 1960.

La Canfora’s report indicated that the Rogers Communications Group, which already works closely with the team for their “home” games in Canada, is the front-runners when the team goes up for sale. But Bon Jovi is taking this seriously. He has spent considerable time in the area getting to know local politicians and others of influence and added a tour date in the Buffalo area to spend more time on the matter.

This would not be a folly for Bon Jovi. He has met with NFL owners for years, is especially close with Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, and nearly became a minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons at one point. In fact, Bon Jovi already has football ownership experience — he’s the primary owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, a team that came into existence in 2004 after Bon Jovi secured the rights to a franchise for the city. His involvement with the Soul started to decline after the league suspended operations in 2009, through the team still exists with former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski in a more prominent role.

Bon Jovi certainly isn’t hurting for money. He recently fired guitarist and longtime musical partner Richie Sambora — a move that some in the music industry told La Canfora was as much about cost-cutting and reallocation of funds as the usual “creative differences” — and the group Bon Jovi ranked third in Forbes Magazine’s list of annual earnings for musical acts, with $79 million dollars.

19 comments
NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

What a crappy article.  Sambora didn't want to give up his solo dates to commit to the tour dates.


Maybe JBV can put together $1.5B to impress the committee, but Rogers Communications can move instantly with whatever the price is.


If JBV was even a little bit committed, he would be taking the route Elway is taking.  An inside job.

LisaWitkowski
LisaWitkowski

Fired!? I don't think so, get your facts straight!!

mooltrikon
mooltrikon

Readers who can't tolerate a misspelled word should get a life.

fillshiftley
fillshiftley

"fired guitarist and longtime musical partner Richie Sambora" ...oh pleezz ..do some research before you write ...BTW Richie Sambora makes money everytime a Bon Jovi song is played (other than concerts) as a co-writer of almost all on the bands tunes.

riley8
riley8

Longtime singer of the "bend"?  Really?  Never heard of them.

davemelbrod
davemelbrod

Haha .... yea then write a song called bed of draft picks

jamie11230
jamie11230

He's so closely identified with his home state of New Jersey that I wonder if this means NJ could get a third NFL team while NY is reduced to zero.

Icerock
Icerock

Jon Bon Jovi, longtime singer of the bend that bears his last name

Nice editing

PatMcCauley
PatMcCauley

I thought Bon Jovi was a woman in that pic.

JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

@fillshiftley Richie was let go, because he wanted a bigger cut of the tour money. So, take your own advice and apply it before trying to look smrt.

MikeThomas1
MikeThomas1

That Ben Jovi is such a nice young man

RockStar
RockStar

@Icerock it's ridiculous how many mistakes there are...doesn't anyone proofread anything on this website before it goes live?  It's difficult to read.  And the mistake you pointed out is in the first sentence!  That right there tells me that nobody besides the author even bothered to read more than 7 words of this crap.

Marty2
Marty2

@PatrickBatemanVP If Bon Jovi buys the Bills, he'll own a team that sucks as bad as most of his music!

Marty2
Marty2

@PatMcCauley He's gonna become a woman and marry Bruce Jenner, didn't you know?

Plainview
Plainview

@RockStar @Icerock the only way to express our discontent is to not read this stuff.  

I honestly don't mind, I know media outlets (except ESPN because TV) are struggling to survive, and the low-level editing is going to be the first to get cut. 

In 5 years, I would be very surprised to see an SI print edition, and these blogs are an attempt to keep up with the demand in readership online. 

We can complain about mistakes, but I know I read almost everything football related on this website.