Would-Be Owners Warm Up To Buffalo
Buffalo Bills owner Jon Bon Jovi.
How does that sound? I mean, it's a little weird, right?
It's a long shot, of course, but if you want to get a sense of how desperate run-of-the-mill rich people are to buy an NFL franchise, you need only note that Bon Jovi and Donald Trump were aiming to get the Buffalo Bills.
Have you ever been to Buffalo in November? It's the kind of cold the elites usually avoid unless there are Rocky Mountains and ski chalets or they have a debilitating hot wings addiction.
Buffalo is nothing like Cabo or Ibiza. Even with the addition of sunny rookie Sammy Watkins.
The neighborhood that Trump would have to helicopter over to get to Ralph Wilson Stadium has none of the regal charm of Scarsdale, New York, or the architectural wow of Malibu, California. There are no cliffs for dramatic golf courses like in Scotland -- and you could play golf for only the six weeks between the brutal winter and blazing summer, anyway.
That's not to say Buffalo doesn't have its amenities, it's just that they aren't the ones usually sought out by the type of people who have a lot of travel options and few hometown ties.
What makes Buffalo so enticing is the fact that owning an NFL franchise is like having a license to print money. Forbes has a list of NFL team values, and at $870 million, the Bills are 30th on the list.
Considering that the top NFL franchise, the Cowboys, is valued at $2.3 billion, there's got to be potential to upgrade the earning power of the Bills. This is how the rich get richer.
Truth is that few want Trump in the owners club after that whole USFL thing, and even Bon Jovi's consortium may have broken rules by merely discussing the idea of bidding. It's a little like Fight Club, in that sense.
(After losing out on the Clippers, maybe Oprah is out there in Orchard Park, New York, keeping quiet.)
Other things that have been on my mind:
The Colorado Springs Gazette reported on disturbing sexual assault allegations against Air Force Academy football players. It's important to read, if only to further document a disturbing trend in team sports in which us-against-them leads to violent assault and cover-up.