Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appeared to pour cold water on the possible sale and relocation of the Buffalo Bills to Toronto anytime soon.
Speaking at the NFL owners meetings in Atlanta, Jones said that while Toronto's proximity to Buffalo will likely be part of the discussion when it comes to NFL football moving north, his preference would be to keep the Bills where they are now.
"A lot of Toronto follows the Buffalo Bills," he tells the Buffalo News. "I'm not familiar with that market enough to know the dynamics relative to what might happen if the Bills ended up in Toronto. What I can tell you is there's a lot of respect in the NFL for the Bills, Ralph Wilson as one of the founders of the NFL. There's a lot of positive things to think about relative to Buffalo."
"At the end of the day, it's my town against your town, Cowboys against whoever we're playing," said Jones. "To the end that we can create more rivalries and involve larger viewing audiences, populations, that's something that you have to look at when you get a chance to, and that's the debate between Buffalo and Toronto."
Jones also spoke about the potential sale of the team to rocker Jon Bon Jovi, saying "he's qualified to become an NFL owner."
"Jon Bon Jovi is first-class. You shouldn't equate creativeness in any way with compromising solid, sound, people you want to live by you next door, true American, true citizen. ...All owners know of him. He's committed. He's very genuine."
In 2011, Bon Jovi was in talks to purchase a 15-percent interest in the Atlanta Falcons. While those plans fell through, a spokesperson for the New Jersey-born singer reiterated his desire to continue to pursue NFL ownership.