Jon Bon Jovi is becoming persona non grata in Buffalo, New York.  All because of some rumors flying around.

Rumors have been circulating since the fall that the rocker is interested in purchasing the Buffalo Bills -- which went up for sale this week -- and moving the NFL team to Toronto.  In response, a group of Bills' fans have established "12th Man Thunder" in an effort to give them a say in the new ownership.  That effort includes a "Bon Jovi Boycott," complete with a petition drive to keep the Bills in Buffalo and the creation of "Bon Jovi Free Zones."  By mid-day yesterday, nearly 80 businesses and residents had signed on for the Bon Jovi ban, with local businesses, bands, and DJs vowing to not play or perform Bon Jovi music.

"Twelfth Man Thunder" co-founder Charles Pellien tells Fortune magazine the ban also extends to the rocker himself.  He says "if for some reason Bon Jovi decides to show up," those who've signed on for the ban have to "lock the door on him."   Buffalo's Bon Jovi ban will be lifted once the Bills' new owner is announced.

Bon Jovi has a history in Arena Football as the founder and former owner of the Philadelphia Soul, from 2004 to 2008. Recently,  Dallas Cowboy's owner Jerry Jones told reporters that Bon Jovi would be an outstanding owner, calling him "first class."

I don't mean to belittle anyone's fanatical football following, but this seems a little overblown and kind of makes Buffalo seem like a provincial town that's a little defensive.  Calm down and at least wait until there's some official word, can we?

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