Bon Jovi was living on a prayer when he attempted to purchase the Buffalo Bills back in 2014, but he may still hold a grudge over his failed bid.
The rock star recently appeared on a Barstool Sports Pizza Review with Dave Portnoy. At the beginning of the clip shared on Twitter, Portnoy mentions Bon Jovi’s failed bid while noting that Barstool is currently trying to purchase the stadium naming rights to Bills Stadium.
“You’re a huge football guy, right?” Portnoy said to Bon Jovi. “You tried to buy the Bills. We’re trying to name the stadium of the Bills. We’ll see if we get that.”
Portnoy mentions “The Barstool Bounce House” as a possible name before Bon Jovi realizes that he is not kidding. Bon Jovi goes on to ask Portnoy what the stadium naming rights are going for while guessing it is in the $20-$25 million range. After Portnoy responds that it is “way less,” Bon Jovi smirks and hits the city with a jab.
“Oh sure, because it’s Buffalo,” said Bon Jovi followed by a long laugh.
Bon Jovi claimed he was crushed over losing the Bills and told Howard Stern a few years ago that he had actually planned to move to Buffalo if he had won the bid for the team.
“We were as real as real got and, you know, I’m brokenhearted because I would have loved it and what we would’ve done in Western New York,” Bon Jovi told Stern. “And people don’t realize, I was really gonna get a house there, I was going to move there, I was really, seriously, changing my life.”
The Bills ultimately sold to Terry and Kim Pegula for $1.4 billion.
Although he fell short in his bid to buy the Bills, it sounds like the stadium naming rights may be in Bon Jovi’s price range if he is interested.
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