The Associated Press reports that the Buffalo Bills Fan Alliance — a group of Western New York citizens, businesspeople, and local celebrities — uncovered documents that could prove damning to a group from Toronto currently in the bidding process for the Buffalo Bills franchise. Said documents contain language that further strengthen the idea that this ‘Toronto group’, led by Jon Bon Jovi and members of Rogers Communication, would move the Bills to Toronto at the first opportunity.
In a release issued Thursday, the Buffalo Fan Alliance identified several announcements referring to Rogers Communications consultant, Roger Rai, as part of the ownership group “attempting to acquire and move the Buffalo Bills to Toronto.”
Roger Rai’s name has not been tied to the current prospective ownership group, which could harm that group’s bid for the Bills. Rai claimed his name was included in the announcement ‘by mistake,’ but that error was apparently made multiple times before its correction. The Associated Press has since verified the existence of the documents.
This is yet another wrench thrown in the gears for a group that has doggedly pursued the Bills despite fierce local resistance. At this point, Jon Bon Jovi and his partners must know that if they successfully purchase the Bills, they will own a lame duck franchise for at least five years before their first chance to move the team without a massive penalty.
Western New York has fully turned on Bon Jovi despite his pleas of sincerity and fans have made it clear they will not support a team owned by him or anyone from this Toronto group. This latest leaked document is just more proof that their instincts were right all along.
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