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(Billboard)   Bon Jovi makes overtures to buy the Buffalo Bills and move them to Canada, so the city of Buffalo decides to ban Bon Jovi from setting foot in their town. Tag is for Buffalo city officials   (billboard.com) divider line 90
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2014-06-08 02:49:02 PM
Yes, I'm sure Bon Jovi is going to be so hurt by being "banned" from setting foot into the only town in America as pathetic as Cleveland when it comes to sports.

You'd think they would want to pass their festering hemorrhoid of a team onto some other unsuspecting sap of a town, like LA.
 
2014-06-08 02:53:47 PM
Something in that link crashes my browser
 
2014-06-08 03:45:28 PM
Who's that going to inconvenience?
 
2014-06-08 04:00:43 PM
Unfortunately for the Bills, they're team is already living on a prayer
 
2014-06-08 04:06:27 PM
They might do okay in the CFL.
 
2014-06-08 04:08:43 PM
It's the Bills, people. Not even Buffalo cares about them anymore.
 
2014-06-08 04:08:56 PM
At least the team will remain in driving distance, unlike what is going to happen to the Jags
 
2014-06-08 04:09:30 PM
To bad the Packers are the only team that was able to be grandfathered to be a non-profit team, the fans own the team which makes them unable to move. If more teams were like that, less team moving, and not have to worry about making a huge money for a few rich owners.
 
2014-06-08 04:12:44 PM
Its Buffalo, who the hell would care they were banned(
 
2014-06-08 04:16:15 PM
On one hand, it's a useless symbolic gesture since Bon Jovi could just play in Toronto and anyone in Western NY who REALLY wanted to go easily could.

On the other, I wish more cities would just ban Bon Jovi on principle.
 
2014-06-08 04:16:32 PM
That ain't me man, I'm from Buffalo.
 
2014-06-08 04:16:50 PM
Too bad the Bills play in Orchard Park and not Buffalo.

\cunning plan, etc.
 
2014-06-08 04:19:40 PM
Does this mean that Bon Jovi is now Wanted Dead or Alive in Buffalo?

Killer Cars: On one hand, it's a useless symbolic gesture since Bon Jovi could just play in Toronto and anyone in Western NY who REALLY wanted to go easily could.


This argument somewhat applies to Bills fans too. If you REALLY wanted to put yourself through a Bills game, is it that much of a hassle to cross the border to Toronto Stadium?
 
2014-06-08 04:21:26 PM

Lost Thought 00: At least the team will remain in driving distance, unlike what is going to happen to the Jags


This.  They drive off Bon Jovi's group, the team ends up in the hands of someone who moves it to LA.
 
2014-06-08 04:21:57 PM

Savage Belief: Not even Buffalo cares about them anymore.


LOL. Yeah good luck holding on to that thought. Maybe you'll get a team in LA someday.
 
2014-06-08 04:23:01 PM

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: If you REALLY wanted to put yourself through a Bills game, is it that much of a hassle to cross the border to Toronto Stadium?


Yeah, it's a border crossing and a 90 minute drive on the worst highway in Canada.

Look, guys, I appreciate all the stereotypes you have from the 80s but try to refrain from commenting as if from a position of knowledge unless you can find Buffalo on a map.
 
2014-06-08 04:33:11 PM

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: Does this mean that Bon Jovi is now Wanted Dead or Alive in Buffalo?

Killer Cars: On one hand, it's a useless symbolic gesture since Bon Jovi could just play in Toronto and anyone in Western NY who REALLY wanted to go easily could.

This argument somewhat applies to Bills fans too. If you REALLY wanted to put yourself through a Bills game, is it that much of a hassle to cross the border to Toronto Stadium?


http://goo.gl/maps/4EsKl

It's two hours from Buffalo to Rogers Centre, and that's not counting the wait at the border. Oh, and if you don't have a passport or enhanced DL, you gotta pay to get that. Not to mention all the season passholders in Rochester who already drive an hour and a half to get to games. It's a huge hassle.

And Bills fans are some of the most dedicated I've ever met. They are all very, very against the team moving.

/#BillsMafia
 
2014-06-08 04:38:13 PM

tea_and_cake: And Bills fans are some of the most dedicated I've ever met. They are all very, very against the team moving.

/#BillsMafia


But but some guy who has never been to Buffalo and assumes that Jacksonville is the exact same fanbase says otherwise!
 
2014-06-08 04:41:17 PM

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: This argument somewhat applies to Bills fans too.


Part of sports fandom is feeling a communal bond with the team itself, particularly if you grew up rooting for your hometown team, so them packing up and moving across an international border would be a pretty sound gut-punch.

As relatively close to each other as they are on a map, Toronto and Buffalo are nothing like each other. NOTHING.

/spent time in both...actually like both too, but they really are wildly different.
 
2014-06-08 04:43:08 PM
No! You can't have MY ball!

/slams the door shut

//the above is what these morons look like to normal people
 
2014-06-08 04:43:16 PM
They shouldn't move the Bills to Toronto but they could gain some Canadianism in their game and petition the NFL to bring back rouge:  That way, they would lose 21-1 instead of 21-0.
 
2014-06-08 04:44:25 PM

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: Does this mean that Bon Jovi is now Wanted Dead or Alive in Buffalo?

Killer Cars: On one hand, it's a useless symbolic gesture since Bon Jovi could just play in Toronto and anyone in Western NY who REALLY wanted to go easily could.

This argument somewhat applies to Bills fans too. If you REALLY wanted to put yourself through a Bills game, is it that much of a hassle to cross the border to Toronto Stadium?


Tailgating is illegal in Canada.
 
2014-06-08 04:48:36 PM
Here's an added home field advantage: make sure the border guards turn back all convicted criminals on the visiting team.
 
2014-06-08 04:52:44 PM
When I was in college I could have made a small fortune taking bets against the Bills
 
2014-06-08 04:58:42 PM

tea_and_cake: I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: Does this mean that Bon Jovi is now Wanted Dead or Alive in Buffalo?

Killer Cars: On one hand, it's a useless symbolic gesture since Bon Jovi could just play in Toronto and anyone in Western NY who REALLY wanted to go easily could.

This argument somewhat applies to Bills fans too. If you REALLY wanted to put yourself through a Bills game, is it that much of a hassle to cross the border to Toronto Stadium?

http://goo.gl/maps/4EsKl

It's two hours from Buffalo to Rogers Centre, and that's not counting the wait at the border. Oh, and if you don't have a passport or enhanced DL, you gotta pay to get that. Not to mention all the season passholders in Rochester who already drive an hour and a half to get to games. It's a huge hassle.

And Bills fans are some of the most dedicated I've ever met. They are all very, very against the team moving.

/#BillsMafia


Or you could just take the subway
 
2014-06-08 04:59:46 PM
Isn't he a Philly guy/Jersey guy?
 
2014-06-08 05:02:32 PM
In other news, Bob Irsay has learned to sing and play the guitar.
 
2014-06-08 05:02:54 PM

Warlordtrooper: I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: Does this mean that Bon Jovi is now Wanted Dead or Alive in Buffalo?

Killer Cars: On one hand, it's a useless symbolic gesture since Bon Jovi could just play in Toronto and anyone in Western NY who REALLY wanted to go easily could.

This argument somewhat applies to Bills fans too. If you REALLY wanted to put yourself through a Bills game, is it that much of a hassle to cross the border to Toronto Stadium?

Tailgating is illegal in Canada.


www.calgaryherald.com
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Eyup.  Tailgating is illegal.  These folks are participating in pre-game festivals.  Nope, no tailgating in Canuckistan.  The CFL champion Saskatchewan Roughriders are not building a new stadium with a tailgate section in one end, that's a festival section.
 
2014-06-08 05:03:33 PM
Toronto's been talking about getting an NFL team for decades. It would be an extremely profitable venture even if they never won a game. Look at the Leafs.
 
2014-06-08 05:14:01 PM
Not even Canadian Bills fans want the team to move to Toronto. The team would be playing in an empty stadium for six years if bought by Rodgers.

Anyone who really thinks any Bills fan would support a move to Toronto because "it's not that far" lacks basic critical thinking skills.
 
2014-06-08 05:14:15 PM
OUCH!  That's gotta sting like being banned from your ex-wife's double-wide, right?
 
2014-06-08 05:14:17 PM

whatshisname: Toronto's been talking about getting an NFL team for decades. It would be an extremely profitable venture even if they never won a game. Look at the Leafs.


Toronto already has a hapless football team.

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/ ARRRRGOOOOOOOOOS!
 
2014-06-08 05:28:20 PM
I will not pay a single dollar of taxes to build a stadium in Toronto for the NFL. Piss off, BoJo.
 
2014-06-08 05:58:33 PM
These sports leagues are a business. If Buffalo cannot properly support a team, then maybe they don't deserve it. Or on the other hand, if a team owner is putting the screws to a city because they want a city/state funded arena or other concessions, they owner should be told to take a walk.

Doing a "Ban Bon Jovi" drive shows how petty and short sighted the people of Buffalo can be.
 
2014-06-08 06:12:46 PM
What would they call the team if it moved to Toronto? The Toronto Loonies? The Toronto Buffalo Bills?
 
2014-06-08 06:13:42 PM

whatshisname: Toronto's been talking about getting an NFL team for decades. It would be an extremely profitable venture even if they never won a game. Look at the Leafs.


Not really. They had trouble selling tickets for the Bills' visits up here for the last few years and that's not even a stadium that meets minimum capacity for the NFL, which means a new one must be built.

An NFL-style stadium would be at least a billion dollars and governments aren't in the mood for funding that much (the stadium in Winnipeg got some federal funding because it is also the University of Manitoba stadium and the stadium in Regina received no federal funding).

Then, there's the cost of the team. With the way the Canadian dollar is, a team will cost over a billion dollars.

Any investor will need to come up with two to three billion dollars.
 
2014-06-08 06:15:03 PM
Why doesn't Rochester, NY have a professional football team?

Because then Buffalo would want one.
 
2014-06-08 06:22:14 PM
You keep using that tag. I do not think it means what you think it means.
 
2014-06-08 06:22:14 PM

skinink: These sports leagues are a business. If Buffalo cannot properly support a team, then maybe they don't deserve it. Or on the other hand, if a team owner is putting the screws to a city because they want a city/state funded arena or other concessions, they owner should be told to take a walk.

Doing a "Ban Bon Jovi" drive shows how petty and short sighted the people of Buffalo can be.


Buffalo supports the Bills just fine, routinely selling out a 70K+ seat stadium despite being the second smallest market in the league and not making the playoffs for 14 years.  The only reason the team is for sale is because the founder/owner recently passed away and the tax ramifications of holding the team are pretty much forcing his daughter to sell it.

What Bills fans aren't too keen on is having someone swoop in and take their team away in an estate auction, which is exactly what the JBJ/MLSE group wants to do.  The binding 6 year lease on the current stadium and the presence of bidders that want to keep the team in Buffalo (publicly, Golisano, Jacobs, and, gulp, Trump are interested and I'd be shocked if Terry Pegula and Danny Wegman weren't at least considering investing with one of those groups) should keep the team in western NY where it belongs, but still, fark Jon Bon Jovi - he's trying to buy a team that is well loved and supported (in a creepy, abusive way, granted) where it is and move it to Toronto where the locals, for the most part, don't really want it.
 
2014-06-08 06:30:06 PM

Rhett Khan: Why doesn't Rochester, NY have a professional football team?

Because then Buffalo would want one.


We are already 40% of the season ticket holder.
 
2014-06-08 06:38:52 PM
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2014-06-08 06:40:12 PM
Dear Buffalo,

It's OK. You can have the Bills *and* Bon Jovi, we don't want them here. This is a class town.

Sincerely,
Toronto
 
2014-06-08 06:41:58 PM

teto85: Warlordtrooper: I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: Does this mean that Bon Jovi is now Wanted Dead or Alive in Buffalo?

Killer Cars: On one hand, it's a useless symbolic gesture since Bon Jovi could just play in Toronto and anyone in Western NY who REALLY wanted to go easily could.

This argument somewhat applies to Bills fans too. If you REALLY wanted to put yourself through a Bills game, is it that much of a hassle to cross the border to Toronto Stadium?

Tailgating is illegal in Canada.

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[beta.images.theglobeandmail.com image 620x349]
Eyup.  Tailgating is illegal.  These folks are participating in pre-game festivals.  Nope, no tailgating in Canuckistan.  The CFL champion Saskatchewan Roughriders are not building a new stadium with a tailgate section in one end, that's a festival section.


Really?  It's not much of a tailgate.  The alcohol laws are different in Canada so its not really a tailgate party due to those laws.
 
2014-06-08 06:49:31 PM

Gunderson: tea_and_cake: I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: Does this mean that Bon Jovi is now Wanted Dead or Alive in Buffalo?

Killer Cars: On one hand, it's a useless symbolic gesture since Bon Jovi could just play in Toronto and anyone in Western NY who REALLY wanted to go easily could.

This argument somewhat applies to Bills fans too. If you REALLY wanted to put yourself through a Bills game, is it that much of a hassle to cross the border to Toronto Stadium?

http://goo.gl/maps/4EsKl

It's two hours from Buffalo to Rogers Centre, and that's not counting the wait at the border. Oh, and if you don't have a passport or enhanced DL, you gotta pay to get that. Not to mention all the season passholders in Rochester who already drive an hour and a half to get to games. It's a huge hassle.

And Bills fans are some of the most dedicated I've ever met. They are all very, very against the team moving.

/#BillsMafia

Or you could just take the subway


I'm not sure if that's a dig at the Rochester Subway, or if you're seriously implying that there's a subway from Buffalo to Toronto...
 
2014-06-08 06:54:04 PM

Warlordtrooper: teto85: Warlordtrooper: I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: Does this mean that Bon Jovi is now Wanted Dead or Alive in Buffalo?

Killer Cars: On one hand, it's a useless symbolic gesture since Bon Jovi could just play in Toronto and anyone in Western NY who REALLY wanted to go easily could.

This argument somewhat applies to Bills fans too. If you REALLY wanted to put yourself through a Bills game, is it that much of a hassle to cross the border to Toronto Stadium?

Tailgating is illegal in Canada.

[www.calgaryherald.com image 620x410]
[beta.images.theglobeandmail.com image 620x349]
Eyup.  Tailgating is illegal.  These folks are participating in pre-game festivals.  Nope, no tailgating in Canuckistan.  The CFL champion Saskatchewan Roughriders are not building a new stadium with a tailgate section in one end, that's a festival section.

Really?  It's not much of a tailgate.  The alcohol laws are different in Canada so its not really a tailgate party due to those laws.


Different provinces and different laws. I can assure you that fans in Saskatchewan and Alberta have plenty of fun
 
2014-06-08 07:08:22 PM

whatshisname: Toronto's been talking about getting an NFL team for decades. It would be an extremely profitable venture even if they never won a game. Look at the Leafs.


Just not if they moved the Bills there. They'd have to wait at least 5-6 years, THEN build a new stadium and pay a relocation fee AND get it approved by the NFL. The Rogers Centre falls way short of meeting the minimum NFL standards and they're not retrofitting it. It's at least a $2.5 billion investment before you play a single down in Toronto.
 
2014-06-08 07:09:31 PM

skinink: If Buffalo cannot properly support a team, then maybe they don't deserve it.


The Bills have always been profitable. Perhaps you are thinking of LA, San Diego, Tampa or Jacksonville.
 
2014-06-08 07:10:12 PM

Warlordtrooper: I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: Does this mean that Bon Jovi is now Wanted Dead or Alive in Buffalo?

Killer Cars: On one hand, it's a useless symbolic gesture since Bon Jovi could just play in Toronto and anyone in Western NY who REALLY wanted to go easily could.

This argument somewhat applies to Bills fans too. If you REALLY wanted to put yourself through a Bills game, is it that much of a hassle to cross the border to Toronto Stadium?

Tailgating is illegal in Canada.


No, it's illegal in ONTARIO.  I'd love to see someone try to stop at the pre-game revels at a Riders/Eskies game.

Of course, we don't call it tailgating - that euphemism hasn't caught on here.  Tailgating is when someone follows you too close on the freeway.
 
2014-06-08 07:14:29 PM
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Bon Jovi needs to watch out before he ends up in a bidding war with Scorpio.
 
2014-06-08 07:19:08 PM
Bon Jovi is the Nickleback of the 80's.
 
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