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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey is a retired reporter and editor from The Buffalo News. He has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 40 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, and public relations staffer. Budd has had nine books published.


The National Hockey League labor dispute has provided at least one nice moment for Sabres' defenseman Petr Svoboda. He had the chance to play hockey in his home country.Svoboda, who defected from what was then Czechoslovakia at the age of 17, returned to the Czech Republic about two months ago to play for Chemopetrol Litvinov in the Czech Elite League while waiting for t…

The last big effort to save the National Hockey League season is under way.Representatives of the players and owners were scheduled to meet at an undisclosed location Saturday.The owners changed their negotiating lineup slightly for the session. According to several reports, NHL vice president Brian Burke replaced Toronto general manager Cliff Fletcher, who has been vacat…

BIG LEAGUES By Stephen Fox Morrow 522 pages, $25I It's easy to decide whether you might like "Big Leagues," a new sports history book written by Stephen Fox. The subtitle of the volume is "Professional Baseball, Football and Basketball in National Memory."If that last part sounds intimidating, you might want to head elsewhere for some lessons on the origins of spectator…

The National Hockey League has moved closer to canceling the entire 1994-95 season.NHL president Gary Bettman told NHL Players' Association executive director Bob Goodenow Thursday that play must begin by Jan. 16 in order for the league to stage a 50-game regular season and a full playoff schedule.League spokesman Arthur Pincus said the union was informed of the decision b…

Eight months ago, John Vecchiarelli knew little about roller hockey. Now he's the coach of a professional roller hockey team.Vecchiarelli, who led the Buffalo Stampede to a league championship earlier this year, has been named the team's player-coach for the 1995 season. He replaces Chris McSorley."The first day of practice here, I didn't know how to rollerblade," Vecchia…

None of the creatures involved in the National Hockey League labor negotiations are stirring this Christmas Day.That isn't surprising. The last major meeting between the players' and owners' representatives came on Dec. 6, although some low-level talks have taken place since then.While both sides agree that some sort of agreement is needed soon in order to salvage a season…

Buffalo Sabres Pat LaFontaine and Dave Hannan spent Friday creating memories for the patients at Children's Hospital, as well as recalling a few of their own.The two signed pennants and posed for pictures with the young patients to help celebrate the hospital's "Making Spirits Bright" fund-raising program, in which LaFontaine was already involved.Patients at the facility h…

About 240 members of the National Hockey League Players Association gathered here Wednesday for a session that was part meeting, part lecture and part pep rally.When the four-hour session ended, players indicated that their opposition to a payroll tax or salary cap is as strong as ever."If they won't take the tax off the table, the tax is a deal-buster. There won't be a se…

The phrase "good will toward men" doesn't apply to the relationship between Marv Levy and Chuck Dickerson this holiday season.The Bills head coach used the forum of his cable television show Monday night to blast Dickerson, a former member of Levy's coaching staff with the Bills and current talk-show host on WGR Radio."He was regarded as a buffoon by our players," Levy sai…

A major professional sports league in North America never has canceled an entire season.That could change in the next week.The National Hockey League's owners are in the third month of a lockout of their players. The league's Board of Governors Monday gave commissioner Gary Bettman the authority to cancel its 1994-95 season if a collective bargaining agreement can't be re…

The number of people in the Buffalo Sabres' organization who own Stanley Cup rings soon will increase by one.Douglas Moss, who was introduced Friday as the team's new president and chief executive officer, will receive a championship ring from the New York Rangers when the National Hockey League's lockout-delayed season finally begins.It will be a reward for his work at h…

Dale Hawerchuk may be in the midst of the most underpublicized contract dispute in Buffalo Sabres' history.Hawerchuk left the Sabres' training camp on Sept. 29 and confirmed he was a holdout on Sept. 30 -- the day the National Hockey League lockout began. Any stories about the veteran's contract problems were overshadowed by the news of the work stoppage.The lockout has…

The National Hockey League's Board of Governors moved a bit closer Monday to canceling the 1994-95 season.The Governors voted unanimously to reject the latest proposal by the NHL Players Association during a meeting in New York. They also gave commissioner Gary Bettman the authority to cancel the season if a 50-game schedule cannot be played.The board did not set a specif…

Imagine coming down the stairs on Christmas morning and seeing a big pile of presents under the tree with your name on them -- only to be told you aren't allowed to open them for a long while.That's the situation Brad May is in right now.Last June, May agreed to a four-year contract that would pay him $5 million."When we talk about my situation, it was like Christmas -- …

On Nov. 1 -- about a month into the National Hockey League lockout -- Sabres general manager and coach John Muckler asked team play-by-play broadcaster John Gurtler a direct question: "Gurtler, what are you doing?"It's a question that every person associated with the team has been asked a few dozen times since the work stoppage began. While many of the front office members…