Defeat more inevitable than ever for T.O. Bills group: Kryk

Rocker Bon Jovi is leading a group that hopes to buy the Buffalo Bills. (QMI Agency)

Rocker Bon Jovi is leading a group that hopes to buy the Buffalo Bills. (QMI Agency)

John Kryk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

No harsh words. No icy stares. No table-pounding. No provocations.

That said, don't get the idea that when the Bon Jovi/Toronto bid group finally met face-to-face Tuesday in Manhattan with principals selling the Buffalo Bills, it was anything like the ending of The Party, with hippies and suits alike joy-dancing till dawn in a silly sea of bubbles.

Two sources with knowledge of what transpired at Morgan Stanley's offices on Broadway have told QMI Agency the management presentation was drama-free. Purely perfunctory. Matter-of-fact. No emotion.

And permeating the room was an unspoken, shared sense that, yeah, we all have to go through with this, so let's just get through it.

So they did.

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi, MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum and Rogers family rep Edward Rogers elaborated on their ownership plan. Members of the Wilson trust, Bills CEO and president Russ Brandon and key reps from investment bank Morgan Stanley and law firm Proskauer Rose did not excessively question the trio about their non-relocation promise.

In turn, the trust and co. talked up their property, the primary purpose of such formal get-togethers in a pro sports franchise sale.

Not much else. Questions asked and answered. Then thanks for coming, we'll be in touch, handshakes, out.


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