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Report: Jon Bon Jovi also wants to keep the Bills in Buffalo

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

For now, it appears the Bills will stay in Buffalo, no matter who buys the team. (USATSI)
For now, it appears the Bills will stay in Buffalo, no matter who buys the team. (USATSI)

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The NFL seems intent, for the moment, to make sure the Bills franchise, for sale after the death of founding owner Ralph Wilson, stays in either Buffalo or somewhere close by. Potential buyer Donald Trump has said he wants to keep the franchise in Buffalo.

Apparently, so does Jon Bon Jovi.

As CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported last November, Bon Jovi would be part of a Toronto-based group that is thinking about buying the organization, and if that group is successful, it also would keep the Bills ensconced in Buffalo, according to a report by canoe.ca.

While Bon Jovi would be the principal owner, he'd only own 1/3 of the team along with the Rogers Family and Larry Tanenbaum, the chairman of the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. But that doesn't mean that group would -- or could -- move the team to Toronto.

The Sports Business Journal's Daniel Kaplan explains ...

The team signed a 10-year stadium lease in 2012 that pretty much locks the Bills into playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium until 2019. A new ownership group potentially could buy out the last three years of the lease, and that would cost about $28.4 million.

In fact, Kaplan wrote that a prospective buyer can't even hint about moving the team before 2019 or that would disqualify it from owning the team because of the lease. After 2019, though, it would seem that anything is possible.

Either way, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is cool with Bon Jovi owning an NFL team.

"Jon Bon Jovi is first-class," Jones said a couple months ago. "You shouldn't equate creativeness in any way with compromising solid, sound, people you want to live by you next door, true American, true citizen. Jon Bon Jovi is that.

"I don't know of anyone that I have more respect for as a father or as a husband or, certainly, as a potential business partner. He's qualified to become an NFL owner."

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