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Bills ownership, stadium updates showing no signs of slowing down


There were three substantial developments today regarding Buffalo Bills business.

Two of the reports may indicate odds are getting longer the Bills stay in Western New York.

Toronto Sun reporter John Kryk and Bleacher Report columnist Dan Pompei wrote musician Jon Bon Jovi is expected to be the front man of a group that plans to bid on the Bills.

Bon Jovi's publicist, Ken Sunshine, had denied reports of Bon Jovi's interest in the Bills while owner Ralph Wilson was alive. But Sunshine told Kryk that Bon Jovi is "passionate in his pursuit of an NFL franchise."

Bon Jovi's involvement should make Bills fans nervous about the team relocating to Toronto. He is associated with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment executives Larry Tanenbaum and Tim Leiweke.

Another disappointing turn for the locals happened in Boston, where Bruins President Cam Neely declared Jeremy Jacobs is uninterested in purchasing the Bills.

Neely explained Jacobs, of East Aurora, doesn't want to part with the Bruins. NFL bylaws prohibit an owner from having another sports team in a different NFL market.

"He has no interest in getting out of hockey," The Boston Globe quoted Neely as saying on 98.5 The Sports Hub. "He's been extremely happy with his ownership here in Boston, and he's enjoying how the team is playing. He told me that he has no interest right now, or doesn't have any interest at all to give up the Boston Bruins."

It remains possible, however, for Jacobs to maintain ownership of the Bruins while his sons buy the Bills. Jacobs is chairman and CEO of the Buffalo-based Delaware North Companies.

Also today, Associated Press reporter John Wawrow wrote that if a new Bills stadium is built, then Niagara Falls could be the site, and the Bills' practice facilities could be moved to the University at Buffalo campus in Amherst.

"We're looking at Niagara County," Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy told Wawrow. "We're open to looking at a number of venues."

State Sen. Tim Kennedy told Wawrow he was aware that moving the Bills to the Amherst campus has been discussed as an option.

  • AGD

    If the Jacobs family is truly out, then we have to hope that Mr. Pegula will step up and save the Bills. Barring that, Bills fans will be rooting for Donald Trump against Jon Bon Jovi. My God.

    • Jan Reimers

      I would root for Trump over Bon Jovi in any venture.

  • Dan R

    Ok, if Jacobs it out what about the Pegula and Golisano possibilities? There's also Bob Rich, Trump and whoever Jim Kelly has in mind as a partner (although that seems a lonshot with his health troubles and not being a billionaire himself). There could be other groups with WNY ties that we don't even know abut yet. Let's not get crazy about Bon Jovi buying the team and relocating them. That is not gonna happen.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida.