Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A group of Bills' fans were sitting around one day and decided that their voice need to be heard when it came to the sale of their beloved team. So they decided to do something about it. According to Charles Pellien, one of the founders of 12th Man Thunder, "..the topic came up, what if the Bills did leave and nobody did anything? How would that make us feel?" The group then decided to take action in the form of an on-line petition which is approaching 10,000 signatures as of Sunday afternoon. The petition states that the fans will continue to give complete support to the franchise but will not contribute one cent in ticket revenue or support the franchise in any way if it moves from the area.
In an effort to draw attention to the website and petition, the group came up with a publicity idea, 'Bon-Jovi Free Zones'. Pellien says that about a day or two into the promotion they had a couple of bars sign up but then got more when Dallas Cowboys' owner, Jerry Jones praised Jon Bon Jovi as a potential owner of the team. It's been widely reported that Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto-based group who would move the franchise, given the opportunity.Pellien says that's all it took, "...when everybody saw that on the news, our ban Bon Jovi campaign exploded and everyone wanted to join." Nearly 300 businesses thus far have added their support to the campaign.