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Bills ownership, stadium updates showing no signs of slowing down

There were three substantial developments today regarding Buffalo Bills business.

Two of the reports may indicate odds are getting longer the Bills stay in Western New York.

Toronto Sun reporter John Kryk and Bleacher Report columnist Dan Pompei wrote musician Jon Bon Jovi is expected to be the front man of a group that plans to bid on the Bills.

Bon Jovi's publicist, Ken Sunshine, had denied reports of Bon Jovi's interest in the Bills while owner Ralph Wilson was alive. But Sunshine told Kryk that Bon Jovi is "passionate in his pursuit of an NFL franchise."

Bon Jovi's involvement should make Bills fans nervous about the team relocating to Toronto. He is associated with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment executives Larry Tanenbaum and Tim Leiweke.

Another disappointing turn for the locals happened in Boston, where Bruins President Cam Neely declared Jeremy Jacobs is uninterested in purchasing the Bills.

Neely explained Jacobs, of East Aurora, doesn't want to part with the Bruins. NFL bylaws prohibit an owner from having another sports team in a different NFL market.

"He has no interest in getting out of hockey," The Boston Globe quoted Neely as saying on 98.5 The Sports Hub. "He's been extremely happy with his ownership here in Boston, and he's enjoying how the team is playing. He told me that he has no interest right now, or doesn't have any interest at all to give up the Boston Bruins."

It remains possible, however, for Jacobs to maintain ownership of the Bruins while his sons buy the Bills. Jacobs is chairman and CEO of the Buffalo-based Delaware North Companies.

Also today, Associated Press reporter John Wawrow wrote that if a new Bills stadium is built, then Niagara Falls could be the site, and the Bills' practice facilities could be moved to the University at Buffalo campus in Amherst.

"We're looking at Niagara County," Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy told Wawrow. "We're open to looking at a number of venues."

State Sen. Tim Kennedy told Wawrow he was aware that moving the Bills to the Amherst campus has been discussed as an option.

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