Continued rumors about rock musician Jon Bon Jovi moving the Buffalo Bills to Toronto have given the rocker a bad name among Bills fans.
A Bills fan group that called itself 12th Man Thunder has started a drive to get Buffalo-area bars to stop playing Bon Jovi music in their juke bozes, and to block bands and DJs at their venues from playing his music.
These so-called "Bon Jovi-Free Zones" are in response to reports that Bon Jovi is linked to a Toronto-based group that's looking to buy the team and move it to Canada's largest city. Bon Jovi has been praised by several NFL owners – among them Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and New York Giants owner John Mara – as a worthy member of a potential ownership group. But Mara and several owners who have talked at this week's owners' meetings in Atlanta have said the Bills deserve to stay in Buffalo. A source told NFL.com that whoever buys the team has to be "prepared to keep the Bills in Buffalo."
Bills CEO Russ Brandon told WGRZ that there's been a lot of interest so far in buying the Bills, who are for sale in the wake of owner Ralph Wilson Jr.'s death this spring. Among those linked to the purchase are Donald Trump, Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and the Jacobs family that owns Delaware North. Brandon said an investment bank would likely be chosen before the end of May to vet out the potential buyers. He said there is no timetable for the purchase process to wrap up.
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