With the passing of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson and the family likely to place the team up for sale, it is expected that Jon Bon Jovi will rekindle his interest in purchasing the team and could move the team to Toronto if efforts at building a new stadium are unsuccessful, according to Dan Pompei of The Bleacher Report.
“NFL honchos expect rocker Jon Bon Jovi to make a push to purchase the Bills, perhaps in concert with Maple Leafs magnate Larry Tanenbaum. Bon Jovi is connected with Tanenbaum and Tim Leiweke, CEO of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment.”
Rumors circulated about Bon Jovi’s interest in purchasing the club last November, but the team was not for sale then and he later dismissed those rumors. Other potential buyers have included Donald Trump, but Pompei writes the ownership group who will get a new stadium will have the edge in negotiations.
“If one of the ownership groups can get a stadium built in Buffalo, they may have the edge. It is possible the Bon Jovi group may want to relocate to Toronto, or even Los Angeles. Lieweke previously was involved with the L.A. Kings and tried to bring an NFL team there before.”
Los Angeles has long been a potential destination for teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings, among others in recent years and with Buffalo playing a game in Toronto the past few years, it’s possible the NFL could extend beyond the United States if Bon Jovi and his other investors are successful in their purchase of the Bills.