The Buffalo Bills remain very much for sale, and two small news items emerged on Monday that put a dent in the idea that the franchise may end up in Toronto.
On Monday morning, ESPN analyst and Western New York native Ron Jaworski appeared on The Howard Simon Show and was asked, in a joking manner, if Jaws would talk to friend and business associate Jon Bon Jovi, and ask him to back off of his reported bid and plan to move the team north of the border. That sent Jaworski into something of a rant, questioning where the notion came from.
"I don't know where this Toronto thing got started," Jaworski told WGR 550's Simon. "I have no idea. Jon has never said he's taking the team to Toronto. I don't know why people would presume he's going to take the team to Toronto. I communicate with Jon on a regular basis. Jon would be an incredible asset as the owner of the Buffalo Bills. The man was my business partner in the ownership of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. The guy is an absolutely brilliant businessman. He commits all his resources, all his efforts to winning. I'm a little bit surprised that all these things are said. Jon will do the right thing, and the right thing is for the Buffalo Bills to stay in Western New York."
John Kryk of the Toronto Sun is one of the handful of reporters that have repeatedly linked a Bon Jovi bid effort to Toronto, and to Larry Tanenbaum of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (who appears next to Bon Jovi in the picture used in this article, by the way). He stood by those reports on Monday, while also breaking that Edward Rogers III, controlling shareholder and Deputy Chairman of Rogers Communications, no longer plans to bid on the Bills.
"Rogers had mulled the idea of leading his own group following the death of founding Bills owner Ralph Wilson on March 25," Kryk reports, "but in June he chose not to proceed."
Just last week, Western New York reporter Bob Koshinski published a piece about the potential Rogers bid, and how the emergence of Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula in the bidding process posed a threat to Rogers' plans. Now, Rogers apparently is no longer in the race.