Bon Jovi Wins Jerry Jones Endorsement for Buffalo Bills Bid
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes Jon Bon Jovi could enter the NFL in a “Blaze of Glory.” According to the Toronto Sun, the rock-and-roll icon has partnered with Larry Tanenbaum of the Toronto group Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and has his sights on bidding for the Buffalo Bills.
Jones was effusive in his recommendation for Bon Jovi, claiming there “hasn’t been anybody more qualified” to own a team in the NFL than the singer for the multi-platinum band bearing his name. "I don't know of anyone that I have any more respect for as a father, or as a husband, or certainly as a potential business partner," the Cowboys owner asserted. "And so it's a credit to him that he's had the career that he's had, that he's qualified to become an NFL owner. As we know, you can't just wish for that. You have to be able to do something about that financially. So he's an outstanding candidate to be an owner in the NFL, and he's a great friend."
Bon Jovi has several other powerful friends in the league, including New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Bon Jovi previously owned the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League.
There is speculation that if the Toronto group is successful in buying the team they will move the franchise to Toronto. For the last several seasons, the Bills have played a home game in Toronto. But poor ticket sales, and a home field disadvantage that resulted in a 1-5 run at the Rogers Center, prompted the team to put a hold on their home away from home for the 2014 season. Ralph Wilson Jr., the only owner in the history of the franchise, passed away earlier this year. In addition to instability unleashed by Wilson's death, the team franchise faces financial challenges in their 40-year-old stadium, once the largest, and among the most lucrative, in the NFL. The Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment already own the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL and the Toronto Raptors of the NBA.