Jon Bon Jovi and Tom Brady
shake hands as Patriots
owner Robert Kraft looks on. (Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
Jon Bon Jovi, longtime singer of the band that bears his last name, is reportedly positioning himself to purchase the Buffalo Bills at some time in the future. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Bon Jovi is aligning himself to be one of the contestants for the franchise, which will be on the market when 95-year-old owner Ralph Wilson passes. Wilson has owned the team since its inception in 1960.
La Canfora's report indicated that the Rogers Communications Group, which already works closely with the team for their "home" games in Canada, is the front-runners when the team goes up for sale. But Bon Jovi is taking this seriously. He has spent considerable time in the area getting to know local politicians and others of influence and added a tour date in the Buffalo area to spend more time on the matter.
This would not be a folly for Bon Jovi. He has met with NFL owners for years, is especially close with Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, and nearly became a minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons at one point. In fact, Bon Jovi already has football ownership experience -- he's the primary owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, a team that came into existence in 2004 after Bon Jovi secured the rights to a franchise for the city. His involvement with the Soul started to decline after the league suspended operations in 2009, through the team still exists with former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski in a more prominent role.
Bon Jovi certainly isn't hurting for money. He recently fired guitarist and longtime musical partner Richie Sambora -- a move that some in the music industry told La Canfora was as much about cost-cutting and reallocation of funds as the usual "creative differences" -- and the group Bon Jovi ranked third in Forbes Magazine's list of annual earnings
for musical acts, with $79 million dollars.