NFL Notes: Bon Jovi interested in buying Bills?

NFL Notes: Bon Jovi interested in buying Bills?
July 19, 2014, 1:30 pm
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The Bills are on the market after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March. (AP)

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, three people who have reviewed documents regarding the sale process told The Associated Press on Friday.

It is unclear if the group would eventually want to move the NFL team to Toronto. The club is on the market after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.

The three people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Friday because the process is private and the Toronto group has not revealed its intentions.

The group includes Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family. Tanenbaum is chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which controls the NHL's Maple Leafs and NBA's Raptors. The Rogers family includes Edward Rogers, who is deputy chairman of Rogers, the Toronto communications giant.

The group is on a list of prospective buyers who have submitted a nondisclosure agreement form to Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the Bills sale. The Toronto group has retained the Goldman Sachs banking firm to assist in the bid.

Bon Jovi previously expressed interest in owning an NFL franchise but never specifically mentioned the Bills. This is the first real indication linking him to Tanenbaum and Rogers (see full story).

Vikings: ST coordinator Piefer suspended 3 games
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings will suspend special teams coordinator Mike Priefer without pay for three games this season and donate $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups, in response to former punter Chris Kluwe's allegations of anti-gay slurs and taunts made by Priefer.

The Vikings announced the punishment Friday as part of a summary of findings by outside lawyers hired in January to investigate Kluwe's accusations, which included a claim he was released because of his gay-rights advocacy.

The Vikings said Priefer's ban could be reduced to two games at their discretion, provided he attends individualized anti-harassment, diversity and sexual-orientation sensitivity training.

Such education has been required for all Vikings employees, coaches and players on an annual basis for the past several years, the team said, and the improvements for the programs will be considered (see full story).

Bills: Gurley, McIlwan sign with Buffalo
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have signed receiver Tori Gurley and defensive back Kamaal McIlwan.

The free agent signings were announced Saturday, a day before the Bills open training camp in suburban Rochester.

The 6-foot-4 Gurley had one catch in three games with the Cleveland Browns last season. He has spent time with several teams since breaking into the NFL in 2011 as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay.

McIlwan has yet to play in an NFL game since breaking into the league in 2011. He was cut by Kansas City before the start of last season.

Both players participated on a tryout basis in Buffalo's mandatory minicamp last month.

They fill the roster spots left open after the Bills released receiver Cordell Roberson and defensive back Darius Robinson on Friday (see full story).

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