Jon Bon Jovi To Buy Buffalo Bills? 'Preposterous,' Says Rep

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Monday, 25 Nov 2013 01:12 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Despite rumors, rocker Jon Bon Jovi isn't even interested in buying the Buffalo Bills football team, according to his publicist who called the rumor "preposterous."

Bon Jovi's publicist Ken Sunshine dispelled the claim on Monday, telling the Associated Press that the New Jersey-born rocker has too much respect for Bills' owner Ralph Wilson to consider engaging in discussions for buying the team at this time.

The 95-year-old Wilson has in the past said he will not sell the franchise during his lifetime.

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The rumor stemmed from a Sunday article by CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora in which he cited "numerous sources" that Bon Jovi "is among the parties positioning to purchase the Buffalo Bills when the team comes up for sale."

"Bon Jovi's interest and desire should not be underestimated," La Canfora wrote citing several sources.

In the article, that in turn generated numerous other articles repeating the rumor, La Canfora alluded to the fact that such a sale would occur only after Wilson "passes."

The sports writer claims that "sources said Bon Jovi has spent considerable time" with "politicians and power brokers" to work with the Toronto-based Rogers Communications group which reportedly wants the team to play in a Canadian arena.

Bon Jovi has reportedly shown interest in the past to becoming a National Football League owner.

Sports Illustrated reported that Bon Jovi had at one point "nearly became a minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons" and maintains a close relationship with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, as well as the team's head coach Bill Belichick.

If the Jersey-born rocker decides to pursue purchasing an NFL team, he certainly has deep enough pockets to do so, considering his net worth is $79 million, according to Forbes magazine.

If however Bon Jovi has no interest, as his publicist claims, in buying the Buffalo Bills at this time, La Canfora concluded that "those who know Bon Jovi say they don't doubt his desire to do so, and should he not land the Bills will continue a quest to own an NFL team one way or another."

In August, Bon Jovi made news when he reportedly fired his longtime lead guitarist Richie Sambora, 54, over money issues.

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Sources close to the band told that Sambora’s departure stemmed from the fact that he was making $2 million a month and 20 percent of the profits from the tour, while his fill-in guitarist, Philip "Phil X" Xenidis was paid just $10,000 a month.

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