It doesn’t matter if you’re recording artist Jon Bon Jovi or even NFL royalty Peyton Manning. Amy Adams Strunk wants you to know the Tennessee Titans cannot be bought, not for any price.
That’s what the controlling owner of the Titans and daughter of the late Bud Adams said at the NFL owners meetings on Tuesday anyway, according to Tom Pelissero for USA Today. Despite rumors that Bon Jovi has interest in buying the team, and Manning could have interest in purchasing a stake as well, those arrangements are supposedly off the table for now.
“The team is not for sale,” the Tennessee Titans’ controlling owner told USA Today on Tuesday at the NFL meetings. “I don’t know how many different ways to say it. Haven’t talked to Bon Jovi or anybody else for that matter, and it’s not for sale.”
Strunk also said the Titans are her father’s legacy, and the team isn’t going anywhere.
While you have to admire Strunk’s effort to retain the team, the problem is the Titans are not in good standing with league policy that states there can only be one controlling owner of a franchise. Bud Adams started the organization as the Houston Oilers in the AFL in 1960 and owned the team until his death in 2013. Unfortunately, he did not leave behind a succession plan.
That’s created a complicated situation in Tennessee, but one Strunk is apparently committed to solving.
That might come as disappointing news to Bon Jovi, who has been looking to get into professional sports ownership and the NFL in particular for more than a decade. In 2004, he started the Philadelphia Soul in the Arena Football League, although he’s since moved on and has been tied to other ventures.
Unless something changes drastically, it sounds like Bon Jovi can mark the Titans off his list of potential franchises for sale.