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Bon Jovi rep: Buying Bills report 'preposterous'

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- With the Buffalo Bills preparing to play host to the Atlanta Falcons in Toronto on Sunday, a CBSSports.com report said rock star Jon Bon Jovi has shown interest in purchasing the franchise from 95-year-old owner Ralph Wilson.

The report indicated Bon Jovi has been meeting with Buffalo-area politicians as well as league officials in an effort to position himself to purchase the team when Wilson passes away. However, Bon Jovi's publicist, Ken Sunshine, called the report "preposterous," noting the Bills aren't currently for sale. However, Sunshine did acknowledge his client does have an interest in pursuing ownership of an NFL team at some point in time.

"The organization does not respond to reports of the interest other parties may have in ownership of the franchise or of speculation concerning various groups that may have such interest," read a Bills statement.

Bon Jovi owned the Philadelphia franchise of the Arena Football League from 2004-09, until the league folded for one season.

Wilson has ruled out the possibility of his family taking over the franchise following his death, and the franchise would eventually be sold.

While Wilson lives outside of Detroit, the team did sign a 10-year lease in 2012 to keep playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The franchise would have to pay $400 million if it decides to leave before 2020.
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