The Buffalo News reported that Bon Jovi had called Kelly about joining forces in a joint bid to buy the team. Bon Jovi's Toronto-based team has taken repeated hits both among those controlling the sales process and in the general public. Controlling interests have called the group's bid inadequate, while a letter Bon Jovi wrote to fans two weeks ago to appease Bills fans never actually said anything that would commit him to keeping the team in Buffalo.
So, the News' Tim Graham reported, Bon Jovi called Kelly, who's beloved by Bills fans but has reportedly been unable to gain traction with any group in the bidding process. Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula is said to be a front-runner, with Donald Trump, former Sabres owner Tom Golisano and the Toronto group among the other known bidders. Neither Pegula nor Golisano need any help with their bids, so Graham said Kelly heard Bon Jovi out as an act of desperation.
But Jim's wife, Jill, said on Twitter Saturday that nothing could be further from the truth:
"Quick update on all the Jim ownership rumors. The things that you are being told by @ByTimGraham and the media are not accurate. To think that anyone would think for a minute that Jim would ever link up with ownership that would move our beloved Bills is ludicrous. Bottom line: We love the Buffalo Bills. We love our community. And we would never do anything to jeopardize either. Truth will win."
This news comes on the heels of documents unveiled by the Buffalo Fan Alliance that show the Toronto group's apparent intent to move the team to Toronto. Those documents show Toronto businessman Rajiv Rai was hired by Rogers Communications and "was responsible for the acquisition of the Toronto Blue Jays and is part of the ownership group attempting to acquire and move the Buffalo Bills to Toronto."
This news did nothing to help Bon Jovi. The BFA said it proves nothing that groups says should be taken seriously:
"If true, this development begs the question of what assurances were made and also whether these assurances are credible, given what is known about this group. The Buffalo Fan Alliance recently reviewed documents that would seem to cast further doubt on the credibility of any such assurances."
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