Friday, December 15, 2017
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Singer Bon Jovi appeals to Bills fans about sale

CANTON, Ohio — Jon Bon Jovi hopes he has written a hit with Bills fans in a bid to stem concerns of whether his prospective ownership group plans to buy and potentially relocate the franchise to Toronto.

In a letter published Sunday by the Buffalo News, Bon Jovi wrote that his ownership group's objective is "to make the Bills successful in Buffalo." The letter, titled "Why We're Bidding on the Buffalo Bills," marks the first time the New Jersey pop singer has publicly discussed his plans regarding the franchise.

The team is for sale after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.

"There has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it's important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo," Bon Jovi wrote. "I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I'm not risking it all to let you down."

At no point in the letter does Bon Jovi name his two partners or mention they are from Toronto — Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and the Rogers family which controls Rogers Communications.

The Toronto group's intentions have been met with skepticism in Buffalo.

Under their lease that runs through 2022, the Bills are essentially locked into playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium through the 2019 season. There is a one-time exception that would allow them to break the agreement for just under $28.4 million in 2020.

The Bills Fan Alliance, a group of fans and business leaders, questioned Bon Jovi's intentions in a statement released Sunday.

"While we appreciate his sentiment, it's worth noting that nowhere in his letter does he write or directly state that he will 'not move the Bills from Buffalo,' " wrote the Alliance's directors, Matt Sabuda, Brian Cinelli and Steve Brady.

Giants win HOF Game

CANTON, Ohio — With running back David Wilson out indefinitely, rookie Andre Williams showed glimpses he can provide the Giants' ground game some fresh legs.

The fourth-round draft pick and Heisman Trophy finalist out of Boston College had seven carries for 48 yards and scored on a 3-yard run in Sunday's 17-13 victory over the Bills in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game.

Williams and new starter Rashad Jennings took the pressure off quarterback Eli Manning, who was 6-for-7 in three series.

Browns: Injured offensive lineman Michael Bowie was claimed off waivers from the Seahawks. Bowie, who made eight starts last year, his first NFL season, he needs shoulder surgery that will sideline him 4-6 months.

Chiefs: Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry and starting cornerback Marcus Cooper practiced after missing time with injuries.

Falcons: Backup offensive tackle Terren Jones was taken to a hospital with an apparent neck injury, profootballtalk.com reported.

49ers: Receiver Jonathan Baldwin, a former first-round pick by the Chiefs, was waived.

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