It was reported earlier this week that there was a chance that Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs could throw his hat in the ring to buy the Buffalo Bills, but don’t start speculating on all of the details of a possible transaction just yet.
Currently, Jacobs has no plans to buy the Bills, according to Bruins president Cam Neely, who spoke about the subject Thursday on the “Felger & Mazz” radio show on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
“[Jeremy Jacobs] really enjoys owning the Boston Bruins; he enjoys his role with the National Hockey League, and I think he’s very passionate about this organization,” Neely said.
Neely also said that, by NFL ownership rules, Jacobs would need to completely take his name off of Bruins ownership in order to own an NFL team in a different city than the NHL team is located.
“With the NFL and their rules he couldn’t own a team in a different city, a professional team in a different city, and he has no interest in getting out of hockey,” Neely said. “He’s been extremely happy with his ownership here in Boston and he’s enjoying how the team is playing, and he told me that he has no interest right now, or doesn’t have any interest at all, to give up the Boston Bruins.”
During the interview, Michael Felger asked Neely if there was a way to circumvent the NFL rule, in which Jacobs could technically sell the Bruins to one of his sons, or have one of them buy the Bills, to which Neely replied that he was not sure.
Neely did say, however, that Jeremy Jacobs would not be willing to take his name off ownership of the Bruins.
Jeremy Jacobs has owned the Bruins since 1975, and his son, Charlie, serves as the organization’s Principal and an Alternate Governor. Neely joined the front office in 2007 as Vice President, and was named President in 2010.
“I’ve got a great working relationship with both [Jeremy and Charlie],” Neely said. “Obviously team performance plays a big part in that, and we’re in the business to win championships. Our team has played very well since I got back with them in ‘07; we’ve made some really good strides, and as we all know what the recent history has been, so I’ve got a really good working relationship with both of them.”