BUFFALO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — As far as some Buffalo Bills fans are concerned, rock star Jon Bon Jovi can live on a prayer anywhere but western New York.
A Bills fan group recently founded to keep the NFL team in western New York has started an online petition to ban songs by Bon Jovi. The New Jersey rocker has been linked to a Toronto-based developer interested in purchasing a franchise and moving it to Canada’s largest city.
The founders of 12th Man Thunder are asking Buffalo-area bars to ban Bon Jovi’s music from being played by DJs, live bands or juke boxes. They say so far 57 businesses have established “Bon Jovi Free Zones.”
The group says more than 4,400 people have signed its online petition supporting efforts to keep the Bills in western New York.
Fans who sign the petition “vow to never give our support, allegiance, time, or resources to the team if it is moved out of Western New York.”
“We will not attend games involving this team in Canada or any other location,” the petition states. “Any local WNY fan base revenue will be non-existent to the relocating owners. Not one ticket – you can count us out.”
New York Giants co-owner John Mara said Tuesday that Bon Jovi would be “a great NFL owner,” according to the Toronto Sun.
“He’s got a really good knowledge and passion for the game, and he’s obviously a smart businessman,” Mara said from the owners meetings, the Sun reported. “If he puts together the right group of people I think he could be a very successful owner.”
Donald Trump has also been linked to a possible purchasing group. Trump has expressed his desire to keep the franchise in Buffalo if he decides to put in a bid.
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