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Publicist Says Jon Bon Jovi Has Not Had Any Discussions With Bills Or Erie County
Published November 26, 2013
WHO HAS THE FINAL SAY? In Toronto, Steve Simmons writes, "There are two giant caveats here, one in place and one the principals involved discussed privately to make anything real now or for the future." The NFL "has to approve of the sale of the Bills, when and if the franchise is sold." The league can "basically handpick the next owner of the team," so if the NFL "doesn't want Bon Jovi, he's out." The NFL does not "like stories being leaked about teams being sold and moved," and they "don't like end-arounds." While the NFL has "declared Toronto part of 'Bills territory,'" the Bills "aren't going anywhere" until Wilson passes. Also, the lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium "has an out" in '19, and the NFL "will not approve a Toronto franchise that will in any way do damage" to the CFL. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, "born in Western New York, has been clear on that" (TORONTO SUN, 11/26).