BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A tweet from ESPN’s Sportcenter is claiming Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group expected to bid for ownership of the Bills, citing media reports. The tweet says Bon Jovi is worth an estimated $300 million.
A new owner isn’t the only change in store for the Bills in the future.
The death of Buffalo Bills Owner Ralph Wilson has also sparked much speculation about where they will play in addition to who may purchase the team.
Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, a member of the newly-formed Buffalo Bills stadium task force, says a new arena could be built in Niagara County, Buffalo or Batavia.
Dyster says the task force is looking into all options. Niagara County became a contender this week when Lt. Governor Robert Duffy told the stadium committee it was a “possibility”.
Dyster says the team needs new ownership willing to keep the team in western New York. Some prospective buyers might want to renovate or rebuild Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. Others might be interested in a new build somewhere else.
Dyster believes the group should research the costs, benefits and drawbacks all scenarios.
“I think most people would’ve had the expectation that, with something as important to the future of western New York as this, that [the] body charged to look at options would look at all the options.” Dyster said, “If we manage to keep the Bills here in western New York long term, then all the communities in Western New York are going to be winners. If we lose the team, we’re all losers.”
The Associated Press reports the stadium group also looking at the possibility moving the Bills’ headquarters to UB’s North Campus in Amherst, and building a new practice house that the college team and the Bills would share.
The Bills’ lease on Ralph Wilson Stadium is through 2020.