Jerry Jones on the appeal of Jon Bon Jovi as an NFL owner, Toronto as NFL market
Updated 5:58 PM , May 19, 2014
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."