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Bills Fan Call for Bon Jovi Boycott

Buffalo Bills fans who want to make sure the team stays put are calling for a ban on Bon Jovi songs.

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Jon Bon Jovi is part of a group that could move the team to Toronto, located 100 miles from Buffalo, or Los Angeles. The group 12th Man Thunder, says it was “founded to give Buffalo Bills fans a voice during the sale of the franchise” and offer support to potential ownership groups that want to keep the team in western New York.

The group is calling for the creation of “Bon Jovi Free Zones” in which Bon Jovi music would not be covered, played or performed and asking individuals and businesses to sign an online petition on its website. Over a dozen businesses and organizations have are listed in the group’s website as being part of the ban.

“Someone’s coming here and trying to take our team away,” co-founder Charles Pellien told Time-Warner Cable News. . “The team is our identity, it’s our source of civic pride. It’s going to be devastating to the city for Bills fans, so we’re going to do whatever we can, whether it’s little or whether it’s big. Whatever we can to prevent it from happening and put some resistance in the way.” 

Giants owner John Mara joined Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in praising Jon Bon Jovi as a possible owner. “I think he’d be a great NFL owner,” Mara told the Toronto Sun while at the NFL owners meeting in Atalnta. “He’s got a really good knowledge and passion for the game, and he’s obviously a smart businessman.”

Mara told the newspaper that most of the owners would prefer to see the Bills stay in Bills. Jones called Jon a friends and “an outstanding candidate to be an owner in the NFL.”

Jon is former owner of the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul but gave up ownership when the league suspended operation in 2008. Eagles great Ron Jaworski bought the team in 2011 when the AFL resumed play.
Ralph Wilson  founded the Bills when the American Football League began play in 1960 and was a major factor in the merger of the AFL and NFL that was completed in 1970. He died in March.

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