Back in November there was buzz that singer John Bon Jovi was part of a Toronto group that was interested in purchasing an NFL team. It appears that interest has piqued now that the Buffalo Bills are going up for sale.
"[Bon Jovi's personal publicist Ken] Sunshine would not elaborate, nor comment on reports linking Bon Jovi to any group bidding on the Bills, based in Toronto or elsewhere," wrote John Kryk of the Toronto Sun
"But a Toronto source in the position to know, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Sun Media that reports from last November, echoed Thursday morning by Bleacher Report’s Dan Pompei, remain accurate. That Bon Jovi is the face of a Toronto-based group intent on obtaining an NFL franchise, via relocation, and expected to bid for the Bills."
While Bon Jovi may be the face of such a purchasing group, Kryk notes that he may not have enough available assets to become the majority owner of an NFL franchise. Furthermore, relocating the team is a near impossibility for at least the next six years.
"The Bills’ current lease, as I reported two weeks ago, virtually prevents any new owner from relocating the team through 2022, with the exception of a brief window in 2020 that carries a $28.4-million penalty," Kryk added.
Previously, Bon Jovi owned the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League from 2004-08.