Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.

Singer Bon Jovi appeals to Bills fans about sale 08/03/14 [Last modified: Sunday, August 3, 2014 11:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Rays, Archer take on surprising Twins to open road trip

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 4:11: Interesting that Bourjos is not in lineup vs. LHP Santiago and lefty swinger Dickerson is, but Twins LH starter Hector Santiago has allowed a .500 average (13-for-26) to lefties, but .210 (35-for-167) to righties.

    Here is the Rays lineup:

  2. Hard to believe NFL overtime change is about player safety

    Bucs

    If someone's house was engulfed in flames, would you hand him a fire extinguisher?

    Of course not.

    Fans await the beginning of overtime between the Patriots and Falcons in Super Bowl LI in February. [Associated Press]
  3. Muslim faith greater than fear for Wharton's Rania Samhouri (w/video)

    Tranckandfieldpreps

    TAMPA — Rania Samhouri graduated Monday night from Wharton High School, and many times throughout the ceremony she flashed back to a moment that changed her life.

     Rania Samhouri stretches after track practice on Monday April 24, 2017 at Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida. Rania, who is Muslim, recently started wearing her hijab during track competitions. She graduates from Wharton this year and will attend University of South Florida on scholarship next year.
  4. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return

    Bucs

    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  5. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits

    Colleges

    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.