Bon Jovi's letter to Bills fans
Updated: Sunday, August 3 2014, 07:38 PM EDT
Canton, Ohio (AP) -- Jon Bon Jovi says his prospective ownership group wants the Bills to succeed in Buffalo.
His letter in The Buffalo News on Sunday marks the first time the rocker has publicly discussed his plans regarding the Bills. The team is for sale after owner Ralph Wilson died in March.
Bon Jovi says his group is committed to working with state and local officials to identify a new stadium site in the region. He says it's his intention to "carry on Ralph Wilson's legacy" in Buffalo.
Bon Jovi adds that he wants to clarify his group's intentions in light of what he calls "conjecture." Elected officials and Bills fans are concerned Bon Jovi's group intends to buy and eventually move the team to Toronto.
Read the complete letter below and read the Buffalo Fan Alliance response here.
Bon Jovi's letter to Buffalo: "Why We're Bidding on the Buffalo Bills"
By Jon Bon Jovi
Recently , there has been a lot of speculation about the future of the Buffalo Bills and questions surrounding the ownership group of which I am a part. Until now, we have not said any thing publicly out of respect for Mr. Wilson, his family and the process they are undertaking to identify the right group to carry the franchise forward.
However, there has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it's important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo.
Our objective is simple: to carry on the legacy of Ralph Wilson and make the Bills successful in Buffalo.
We are committed to working with the State, City , County and business community to identify the best possible site in the Buffalo area for a new stadium and to then develop and implement a plan to finance and build a state-of-the-art NFL stadium for the loyal Bills fans.
Being part of the NFL is something I have been working toward for a long time. Ten years ago, Istarted by taking an expansion Arena Football team, the Philadelphia Soul, from its inception to winning a championship in five years. I wanted to learn what it takes to build a successful football organization. I was involved in every aspect of that team from its beginning and I lived for and loved every moment.
My family and I are prepared to make this life-changing commitment to be part of the Bills. This is not a hobby or an acquisition. Building a winner on and off the field will be job one and I intend to spend as much time on the ground in Buffalo as needed to accomplish that goal.
I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I'm not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday , every day .