Buffalo & Bon Jovi: A Wing and a Prayer

Published on 24-Nov-2013 by Bridgett Davis

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Buffalo & Bon Jovi: A Wing and a Prayer
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi seems to think he's halfway there in Buffalo.
But in the corporate halls of Toronto conglomerate Rogers Communications, prevailing opinion says the singer is truly living on a prayer.
And by now, Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr must be used to everyone poking his body while it's still warm. You could say the old boy is wanted, dead or alive.
Ownership of the Bills after Wilson dies has been a source of concern for NFL fans in upstate New York for a few years now. The fear is that a new owner will ultimately move the team to megatropolis Toronto, where the Bills already are contracted to play one game per year. Rogers Communications executives -- owners of the Blue Jays and the stadium that used to be known as the Skydome -- may say they're enamored with the Bills franchise as a solid investment, but Buffalo fans retort that if this is the case, then they give love a bad name.
The Blue Jays are getting their wish to have natural grass planted in the now-named Rogers Centre. In so doing, Rogers is telling the CFL Argonauts it's time for them and their plant-churning football cleats to find a new home after 2017. However, the specter of 8-10 packed houses for an NFL team might change Rogers' mind about football cleats.
Bon Jovi has been expressing interest in buying an NFL team for a while. He's done what he can to learn the ropes; he was the Arena Football League's Philadelphia franchise owner, and he's done what he could to put himself in football business circles ever since.
It's not unusual to see the rock star hanging around with the NFL hoi polli like Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft. He almost became a minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons, but made an ill-advised decision to pass on the opportunity.
Ask the rocker why he's still interested in organizing an investor syndicate -- and all the headaches that goes with it -- and he'd probably just reply, "It's my life." Perhaps it's because of his recent split from guitar impresario Richie Sambora. Or perhaps he believes the city of Buffalo would see him as its best bet to keep the franchise there.
If Bon Jovi is able to assemble all the ingredients he needs to make a bona fidé offer for the Bills, the question might arise as to what role he'd take as an owner. He'd basically have two choices:
  1. Be a CEO-type like the very successful Kraft , or
  2. Be the polar opposite, like that erratic control freak, Jerry Jones.

If he's making the move for the right reasons, the Bills would indeed welcome him with open arms. The latter would just be bad medicine.