Bon Jovi releases statement on his desire to be an NFL owner

It would probably be wrong to say that Jon Bon Jovi only has his eyes set on purchasing a share of the Atlanta Falcons.

The rock icon seems like he would be open to getting into the NFL any way possible. Over Super Bowl weekend, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Bon Jovi had been in talks with Falcons owner Arthur Blank about the possibility of buying 15 percent of the franchise at an estimated cost of $150 million. There is a confidentiality agreement in place between the two sides, and Blank seemed to indicate nothing is imminent.

“Since helping to establish the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football team -- from its inception through our 2008 championship season -- I have always made clear my desire to someday enter the NFL," Bon Jovi said through spokeswoman Tiffany Shipp, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bon Jovi was on the sideline at the Georgia Dome for the Falcons’ home playoff game – a loss to the eventual champion Green Bay Packers in the divisional round.

Bon Jovi is friends with Bill Belichick and has always been a prominent sports fan. If he can’t work out a deal with Blank, who may be seeking a minority partner for an infusion of cash as he seeks a new stadium, Bon Jovi may look elsewhere.

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