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Jerry Jones on the appeal of Jon Bon Jovi as an NFL owner, Toronto as NFL market

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ATLANTA -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones loves him some Jon Bon Jovi.

Shortly after arriving at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead for the NFL's annual May meeting, Jones delivered several glowing remarks about the rock star who wants to join the exclusive club and reportedly is interested in pursuing the Buffalo Bills.

A sampling of comments from Jones about Bon Jovi:

"Jon Bon Jovi is first-class. You shouldn't equate creativeness in any way with compromising solid, sound, people you want to live by you next door, true American, true citizen. Jon Bon Jovi is that."

"I don't know of anyone that I have more respect for as a father or as a husband or, certainly, as a potential business partner. ... He's qualified to become an NFL owner."

"All owners know of him. He's committed. He's very genuine."

Bon Jovi wouldn't have the financial wherewithal to buy the Bills himself. He has been linked with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment executives Larry Tanenbaum and Tim Leiweke.

Jones on Toronto as an NFL market:

"We certainly want to create every opportunity we can to involve more fans. At the end of the day, it's my town against your town, Cowboys against whoever we're playing. To the end that we can create more rivalries and involve larger viewing audiences, populations, that's something that you have to look at when you get a chance to, and that's the debate between Buffalo and Toronto."

"A lot of Toronto follows the Buffalo Bills. I'm not familiar with that market enough to know the dynamics relative to what might happen if the Bills ended up in Toronto. What I can tell you is there's a lot of respect in the NFL for the Bills, Ralph Wilson as one of the founders of the NFL. There's a lot of positive things to think about relative to Buffalo.

"On the other hand, [Toronto] is a market that's real close. That in and of itself will be some of the impetus that creates a discussion about Toronto."

  • Dom Pacile

    Maybe jones ought to move to Mexico City it's bigger than dallas

    • Right of Left

      I've always thought that Mexico City would be a much better expansion move. The Mexicans love American football more than Canadians do and would provide an absolutely loyal (and insane) fan base. If the Bills moved down there they would become the "Beeels" Viva Beeels! Viva Mexico!

      • oversizeload666

        Im canadian and I love the nfl. Over every sports league in north america. I know many of my friends pay way more attention to the nfl then nearly every other north american league. Everyone knows the cfl is no good. Bring an nfl team to canada (toronto) and watch the money role in.

        • KarenKatte

          "Bring an nfl team to canada (toronto) and watch the money role in."
          Err... They did. It didn't.

        • Right of Left

          Its good that you love the NFL but do enough Canadians love it to support it the way you think they would? Maybe but its up to the money men to decide.

      • Dom Pacile

        Maybe you could go with Jones to Mexico you got the language down good enough to open your own taco stand.

        • Right of Left

          Maybe you could learn some manners and open a pizza wagon after you retire from the garbage pickup route.

          • Dom Pacile

            Just left another load at your house jump in have fun

    • Right of Left

      I've always thought that Mexico City would be a much better expansion move. The Mexicans love American football more than Canadians do and would provide an absolutely loyal (and insane) fan base. If the Bills moved down there they would become the "Beeels" Viva Beeels! Viva Mexico!

  • Twm Owen

    "There's a lot of respect in the NFL for the Bills." OK Jerry, just not for Buffalo. Never mind those fans who stormed the field and tore down the goalposts in 88 or 89 to celebrate when the Bills became the first team to clinch a play off place that season. That passion, that tradition just isn't as big a positive as the Toronto 'market'. While the NFL has shown time and time again it cares little for the fans and cities that have supported teams since the founding of the league, even if you don't care for Buffalo spare a thought for the Toronto Argonauts and the CFL and what would become of the Canadian game if the likes of Jerry Jones, never mind a faded New Jersey rock start, are allowed to move across the border.

    • Walyc

      As a Canadian fan of the Bills. I want them to stay in Buffalo.

  • Jan Reimers

    That self-absorbed gas bag should just shut up. He has no respect for anything but himself and the almighty dollar. He would throw the Bills and their long-time, loyal fan base under the bus to put a few more dollars on his already humongous bottom line.

    He is a despicable human being.

  • Paul Bruhns

    Jones was baited with those questions and they reflect total ignorance about the topic of where the Bills wind up. Could you imagine the Maple Leafs relocating to Buffalo? Forget Toronto. The push back would be huge and would take generations to reverse. They would have to change the team name, and even then Bills nation would never forgive the NFL

  • Mike Simonsen

    I think Jones wants to move a different team to Toronto. His specific mention of rivalries makes me believe that.

  • Don Manuszewski

    I wonder if the Canadian Gov't would be so willing to have the NFL move into the country. Once there is a team there, I'm pretty sure it would signal the beginning of the end of the CFL and it's the responsibility of the Canadian Gov't to ensure the continuation of all things "Canadian."

  • joe

    big jerry said""A lot of Toronto follows the Buffalo Bills. I'm not familiar with that market enough to know the dynamics relative to what might happen if the Bills ended up in Toronto." since he does not know maybe he should shut up! look at the cowboys to see his mentality and meddling got him 3 tears out of the playoffs. someone called him a gas bag i could not agree more.

  • disqus_IHSKPsL2nO

    What a tool!!!! Maybe he should focus on improving the Cowboys, who have been less than impressive since he fired Jimmy Johnson as coach. If he did his research he would look at the attendance records for the Bills in Toronto games for the past few years.

  • Shayne15

    Toronto would love a team. The support is here big time. I'd say there are more NFL fans than CFL fans in Toronto. The issue is that most in Toronto are NOT Bills fans. So when the Bills play here for the Bills in Toronto series, no one cares, because their "team" isn't playing. A dedicated Toronto team would be a HUGE success here. However the Rogers Centre is not NFL friendly and the city is not ready. Perhaps in 2022 when the team can actually move, a stadium deal will be in place. We want a team, but not until we are ready.

    • Twm Owen

      If the NFL was to award a franchise to Toronto how would you feel about that team playing as the Toronto Argonauts ? I'm sure there are lots of obstacles to that but, do you think it would be the most viable way of establishing an NFL team in Canada ? You say Toronto people aren't Bills fans, not sure if you're suggesting there is another existing NFL side with a greater fan base, but do you think most 'Argos' fans would be happier seeing their team switch to the NFL (and the southern code) ? Would they even care about what happens to the CFL?

      • Jon

        He's just saying that people are Toronto are fans of many different NFL teams whereas normally they're portrayed as mainly Bills fans. So when the Bills come here and nobody wants to watch them because they suck and most people aren't fans of them then people say "well if they cant even support their favourite team for one game how can they support a Toronto team?"

    • Mike Higgins

      No it wouldn't Shayne! It's an American league, mostly American players, and more to the point, like many others I'm sick of the NFL shaking down cities and their taxpayers every few years for new stadiums and even greater revenue from corporate luxury boxes and 'seat licenses' (what a money grab). Why do we need that? The product isn't great in itself, otherwise the TO games would have drawn fans. Buffalo deserves the team. If Buffalo fans are OK with their taxes going to super-rich owners for a new stadium, more power to them.

  • J Barnhart

    Bon Jovi...'cause we all know former "hair band" lead singers make the best NFL...well, just anything owners.
    Gene Simmons would make a better owner...make-up or no.

  • Buffalowild

    I hope Johnny Football doubles the career numbers of Both Romo and Troy... go back to dallas

  • Paul Kawalerski

    Jerry Jones should mind his own business and worry about his team falling by the wayside. I personally would boycott Bon Jovi concerts in Buffalo.

  • DarkMarcsun

    "A lot of Toronto follows the Buffalo Bills. I'm not familiar with that
    market enough to know the dynamics relative to what might happen if the
    Bills ended up in Toronto."

    This right here is a giant indication that Jerry should just STFU about this.

  • kg

    Hey Jerry just a ideal for you since you love Jon Bon Jovi so much how about you sell the Dallas Cowboys to him let him move the team to the closest country to Dallas that would be Mexico its not that far away just saying

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