Rock icon Jon Bon Jovi is doing everything that he can to put himself in a position to purchase the Buffalo Bills when the team comes up for sale.
Bon Jovi has been working feverishly to compete with potential competitors, namely the Rogers Communications group in Toronto, to become to prime suitor for the NFL franchise. He has spent considerable time in the Buffalo area getting to know politicians and power brokers while even adding a tour date there to allow for more time to address the matter at hand.
Bon Jovi has been very proactive in meeting NFL owners and general managers, and is seeking their input on all sort of issues related to football. In the past he has nearly become a minority owner of a team, most notably the Falcons. However, sources said Bon Jovi is aiming to be the principal owner -- it remains to be seen if he has the type of immense capital necessary to meet that threshold of ownership -- and has aligned himself with several powerbrokers in his effort to turn his dream into reality. (Bon Jovi has a close friendship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick and it is not uncommon for him to jump on a private plane and head to various meetings with NFL bigwigs across the country, sources said, in his pursuit).
According to several sources in the music industry, Bon Jovi's dismissal of longtime guitarist Richie Sambora is likely even related to his pursuit of a franchise, as Sambora was the highest-paid member of his band and the next most prominent member, and by using session musicians or unknowns, he is then able to keep his costs down. Bon Jovi is a shrewd businessman who has kept much of his operation in-house and has long been the central figure in making deals for the band.
The sale of the Bills is only a matter of time. The family is planning to sell the franchise once longtime owner Ralph Wilson passes. Even if Bon Jovi is unable to buy the Bills, he will reportedly continue his mission to own an NFL team one way or another.
Via CBS Sports