Report: Jim Kelly won't partner with Jon Bon Jovi to buy the Bills

Monday August 18th, 2014

Former Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will not be working with rock star Jon Bon Jovi's Toronto-based group in its effort to buy the team, according to The Buffalo News.

Bon Jovi and Kelly reportedly met in Buffalo last week, but the two could not agree to terms, with Kelly concerned that the team could be relocated.

“I can confirm that Jim Kelly met with Jon Bon Jovi, but Kelly and Jeffrey Gundlach will not be pursuing a relationship with the Toronto group,” the source said in an email on condition of anonymity.

“Kelly and Gundlach do not feel confident that their aspirations for keeping the Bills in Buffalo long-term are aligned with the interests of the Toronto group.”

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The Bon Jovi group also includes Larry Tannenbaum, the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which controls the Maple Leafs and Raptors, and the Rogers family, which oversees Rogers Communications.

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula has reportedly emerged as the frontrunner to purchase the Bills, while Bon Jovi's group has been described as "unfocused and disorganized."

The Bills are up for sale after former owner Ralph Wilson passed away in March. The selling price of the franchise is expected to exceed $1.1 billion.

- Chris Johnson

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