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Bills Latest: Rogers Out, Bon Jovi Keeping Team In WNY



(WBEN) No Canada?

If the lease deal with Erie County didn't prevent a Buffalo Bills team from heading to Canada,  lack of interest from reported owners just might.

The Toronto Sun says that Edward Rogers III, the deputy chairman of Rogers Communications in Toronto is not attempting to buy the Buffalo Bills after all, and a close friend of  rock star Jon Bon Jovi underlines that a bid from him would keep the team in its Western New York home and native land.

 
 ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback from Lackawanna has been watching the possibility of a Jon Bon Jovi buy of the Buffalo Bills, and rejects the idea of the rock star taking the team north of the border.

Jaworski is a part owner of the Philadelphia Soul Arena football team, a team that Bon Jovi once owned and helped found. 

In an appearance Monday on WGR Sportsradio 550, Jaworski said that Bon Jovi is interested in the Bills, but not - as has been previously reported- with the intent to take the team to Toronto.

"Everyone has to do incredible homework on what is going on. Jon is doing that. Jon has never said... he will move the team from Western New York."

Jaworski says the Toronto speculation springs from the fact Bon Jovi is "speaking to a lot of people" about joining him in an ownership group, ostensibly including Canadian investors.

"He will do the right thing and keep the team in Western New York," Jaworski said.

HEAR JAWORSKI's COMMENTS HERE
Courtesy WGR Sportsradio 550
 
Rogers and Bon Jovi have been at the center of any speculation about a possible Toronto based bid for the team.   Bon Jovi has often been seen as the face of a bid either on his own or with Maple Leafs Entertainment's Larry Tannenbaum.  Rogers was often believed to be another Canadian suitor for the team.

Rogers (pictured below)  "has decided not to lead his own bid group , as has been speculated, reported, and even presumed by some," according to Toronto Sun columnist John Kryk.

Instead, Kryk reports that he could possibly join as a minority investor in some other group, rather than become the lead owner in his own effort.

Guy Laurence"Rogers had mulled the idea of leading his own group following the death of founding Bills owner Ralph Wilson on March 25, but in June he chose not to proceed, " Kryk writes, citing financial issues.

"Even though the Rogers family fortune was estimated last fall by Canadian Business magazine to be $7.6 billion, two sources said Rogers himself was not in a position to be a sole bidder for the NFL club." the report said.

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