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Whaley: Encouraged but not satisfied

Posted by Chris Brown on December 29, 2014 – 5:03 pm

Bills GM Doug Whaley will presumably be meeting soon with team owners Terry and Kim Pegula to lay out what was positive and not so positive about the 2014 season for the club. Here’s what he intends to tell them about his assessment of the year turned in by the team.

“Encouraged, not satisfied,” said Whaley. “We took a step forward, but we obviously did not meet our stated goals. There were some good things that came out of the season and there are some things that we have to do better as a whole, as an organization and as a football team and as a personnel staff. Everybody has to strive to get better to get us where we want to go and that’s the playoffs.”


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Pegulas update their plans for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2014 – 9:39 pm

In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula shed some light on some of their plans for their NFL franchise going forward including the future of the Toronto Series and plans for a new stadium.

In a 20-minute interview with the Associated Press, the Pegulas addressed the prospect 0f a new stadium in the future. The Bills CEO said it’s a matter of when not if. What’s lacking right now are hard core details.

“Well, there’s going to be a new stadium somewhere, that’s all I know,” Terry Pegula told the AP. “The league was pretty emphatic that Buffalo, we’re a small market, needs to be as competitive as we can.”

Both Kim and Terry Pegula will be part of the new stadium working group that was assembled late last year.

When it comes to the Bills Toronto Series, Buffalo’s new owners are trying to bring it to an immediate close.

“We’re working on that right now,” Kim Pegula revealed to the AP. “We want all the home games to be played in Buffalo, so we’re working through that. I think it’s close, but nothing’s been finalized. But that is our intent.”

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Brandon: Continuity the No. 1 variable

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2014 – 10:13 am

Bills President Russ Brandon made his weekly appearance on flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 and was asked about working in collaboration with new owners Kim and Terry Pegula moving forward. He was also asked about his take on what caters to team success over the long haul and reiterated some of his comments from when he was handed day-to-day control of the team back in 2013.

“Obviously with owners like Terry and Kim it can only be a major positive not only for our brand, but also in NFL circles. What they’ve done with the Sabres and the profile that they’ve added has been tremendous. We’ll look to add that here also,” said Brandon. “One of the ways you don’t in this league is since 1998 we’ve had seven head coaches, nine offensive coordinators, seven defensive coordinators and six general managers. That is not a formula for winning. Continuity is the number one variable when it comes to winning in this league and we need to have that as we move forward.”

When asked if he’s made that known to Pegulas, Brandon indicated he has been very transparent in communicating that stance.

“I’ve been very open about that,” he said. “I’ve said it many times publicly and privately. We’ve been to two playoffs games since 1998. We’ve had too many different schemes and coaches and you’re not going to win in this league by changing every couple of years. That’s my belief and feeling.  I’ve been very pleased with what’s happened here. We want to win more games, but if you look at our roster today and where it was a couple of years ago, Doug Whaley has done a very good job of building our roster to where it is today.”


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Goodell: Pegulas excited by impending ownership

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2014 – 7:47 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had the opportunity to speak to Kim and Terry Pegula personally after the NFL meetings broke Wednesday and his impression was that they are very excited about their impending ownership of the Bills franchise.

“Both Terry and Kim are outstanding people, who went through the process with class,” Goodell said. “It was a very quick process. That’s a tribute to the people who ran the process, but also to both Terry and Kim. As an ownership I think we’re very excited about their involvement with the league. I think they enjoyed the meeting. I had a chance to speak to them afterwards and they felt the meeting was very productive and they’re enthusiastic about their ownership.

“I think this was a great outcome for Western New York and Bills fans and the NFL.”


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One final tribute

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2014 – 7:43 pm

The NFL owners approved Kim and Terry Pegula as the new owners of the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday, and after the applause died down, there was another round of applause given for the late Ralph Wilson and those who served under his leadership.

“I did mention that after the Pegulas were approved as owners how important Ralph Wilson was to the league,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “How important he was to me personally. How much respect I had for his leadership, his ownership of the Bills and what he’s meant to Western New York. I’m confident that Terry and Kim are going to build on that legacy. They will take the Bills to another level and I think Mr. Wilson would be very proud of the outcome.”

Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon, who worked closely with Jeff Littmann and Mary Owen, who were serving as Trustees for the Wilson ownership, knew that it was a day that brought closure for them as they handed off ownership to the Pegulas.

“Certainly Jeff (Littmann) and Mary (Owen) were in there during the vote and it was an emotional scene for them,” said Brandon. “Commissioner Goodell mentioned the Wilson family, Ralph and Mary and what they’ve meant. The 53 years that Mr. Wilson gave to the National Football League and everything he’s meant to this league and to the people in that room. No one loved being in that room more than Ralph Wilson, and a great respect for the league and for the game of football. The reason we’re all standing here is what he built with a lot of other owners over many years.

“Jeff and Mary have been tremendous stewards of the Wilson family and great members of NFL membership. It was a nice moment when the Pegulas came in and knowing that for years to come we have Buffalo Bills to be focused on and that’s it.”

 


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Pegula purchase pact spikes jersey sales

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2014 – 3:38 pm

The announcement last week that Kim and Terry Pegula entered into an agreement to purchase the Buffalo Bills sent Bills jersey sales through the roof. Here are the details.

According to the DICK’S Sporting Goods’ Jersey Report — an interactive website that tracks jersey sales in real-time — after the the purchase agreement was announced, Bills jersey sales spiked 800 percent over their yearly average (see graph below).

Leading the spike in jersey sales for the Bills were running back Fred Jackson and rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Jackson’s jersey has been number 19 in sales nationwide over the last week, compared to 34th in sales for the season to-date.

Watkins jersey is the number two selling rookie jersey for the season (behind only Johnny Manziel), and has been the 13th best-selling jersey overall this week among all players in the league.

jersey sales graph

 


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