Bon Jovi Is Still Trying to Win Buffalo Bills Fans Over; And It’s Not Working
Jon Bon Jovi has had enough of the rumors and wants to make it clear: if he becomes the new owner of the Buffalo Bills, the team will NOT move to Canada – or anywhere else.
In a letter published by the Buffalo News yesterday, Bon Jovi wrote that it’s his ownership group’s objective “to make the Bills successful in Buffalo.” The letter, titled “Why We’re Bidding on the Buffalo Bills,” marks the first time Bon Jovi has publicly discussed his plans regarding the franchise.
Among other things, Bon Jovi explains that his ownership group wants to “carry on the legacy” of the team’s late founder and owner Ralph Wilson. He refers to his efforts to purchasing the team as a “life-changing commitment” that he and his family are “prepared to make,” and he’ll “spend as much time on the ground in Buffalo as needed” to accomplish his goal of making “the Bills successful in Buffalo.”
Like what? Like building a new stadium for the team “in the Buffalo area.” “There has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it’s important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo,” Bon Jovi wrote. “I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I’m not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day.” The problem? He’s part of a group based in Toronto, which has led to speculation that they WOULD relocate the Bills to Canada if they acquired the team. Time will tell.
In the meantime, social media response to Bon Jovi’s letter has not been good. The Buffalo Fan Alliance posted a photo of a herd of sheep, and labeled one of them as Bon Jovi, meaning he’s being led unwillingly by a group of people bent on moving the team to Toronto. And Letters to the newspaper have not favorable.
Hall of Fame inductee and former Bills wide receiver Andre Reed has softened his anti-Bon Jovi stance after uttering “F*** Bon Jovi!” during an interview last week prior to his induction into the Hall of Fame.
This fan showed up at the Hall of Fame game in Canton, OH with the majority sentiment on his t-shirt.
Bon Jovi tells BN that he will “make the Bills successful in Buffalo” This fan in Canton likely not buying it. pic.twitter.com/6j0qay2MzP
— Jeff Russo (@JeffRussoWKBW) August 3, 2014