According to multiple reports, a Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group led by Jon Bon Jovi explored the possibility of buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in the Toronto area.
While the parameters of this report are outlined by John Wawrow of the Associated Press, the rampant speculation that an ownership group consisting of rock star Jon Bon Jovi, MLSE’s Larry Tanebaum and the Rogers family eventually wanting to move the Buffalo Bills to Toronto appears to be true.
Despite these reports, speculations, conclusions – call them what you like – the chances of this ownership group actually moving the Bills is very unlikely in my opinion.
For starters, this ownership group must outbid other ownership groups like Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula before any of this comes to fruition. But beyond the bidding process, the Buffalo Bills’ future owner would have to wait until the current stadium lease with Ralph Wilson Stadium expires in 2022, before making any kind of move.
Let’s just say for argument’s sake, the Bon Jovi-led Toronto group is approved by Morgan Stanley and they gain further access to the Bills that eventually leads to the bid being reviewed by the NFL owners. Do you really think the NFL would allow this group to buy the Bills with the intention of moving them to Toronto anytime in the next 10-years? Especially after how much of a public relations issue this has caused in the Western New York area?
I highly doubt it.
While the idea of an NFL team in Toronto sounds nice to local NFL fans here, has anybody heard the NFL say one word about having a team in Toronto?
The only widespread interest being expressed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL owners currently, is to bring a team back to Los Angeles. Peter King verified this on ESPN Radio’s the Herd, with Colin Cowherd the other day. But aside from the interest expressed in having a team back in Los Angeles, the only other interest being expressed is based on rumours, speculation and minimal sources.
So again, while the NFL in Toronto may sound appealing to local NFL fans here, I would call it more of a long shot than a possibility.
Temper your expectations Toronto football fans, temper your expectations.