By Ben Geier
May 22, 2014

FORTUNE — If you’re expecting to walk into a bar in Buffalo and screech out your best karaoke rendition of “Livin’ on a Prayer” anytime soon, think again.

The NFL’s Buffalo Bills were put up for sale earlier this week. The team’s owner since its inception in 1959, Ralph Wilson, died in March. Rumors of potential new owners immediately started flying about. The list of names included rocker Jon Bon Jovi, who could possibly move the team from western New York to Toronto, Canada.

Unsurprisingly, the prospect of losing their team to a different country didn’t sit well with many Bills fans.

“Our fans down here are not going to support them,” said Charles Pellien, one of the co-founders of fan group 12th Man Thunder. “We’re not going to cross the border and fill their seats.”

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The group’s first move was to launch a petition warning any potential owner about the dangers of moving the team from its home. When Bon Jovi emerged as a potential villain, though, they took the next logical step: starting a “Ban Bon Jovi” campaign in local bars and restaurants.

The rules are simple: No Bon Jovi on the jukebox. No Bon Jovi records spun by DJs. No covers of Bon Jovi songs from live bands. Oh, and one more thing: “If for some reason Bon Jovi decides to show up, (you have to) lock the door on him,” Pellien said.

Pellien, who works as a truck driver, said he didn’t have any recommendations for more Buffalo-friendly artists, but said it shouldn’t be too difficult to find music to “fill the minor void” left by discarding an old copy of “Slippery When Wet.”

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A few possibilities would be Nineties rock band The Goo Goo Dolls, death metal band Cannibal Corpse, or R&B singer Brian McKnight, all of whom hail from Buffalo.

Other rumored buyers for the team are Donald Trump and Paychex founder and former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano. Both of them would likely keep the team in Buffalo.

Pellien said there are two types of fans in Buffalo these days: those who are complacent and don’t think the team will actually move, and those who are worried that a team move is a real possibility.

“We hope that what we’re doing can bring some of those complacent fans over to our side,” Pellien said.


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