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Sabres part ways with Team President Black; Bills’ Brandon to assume role

The Buffalo Sabres have parted ways with Team President Ted Black. Bills President Russ Brandon will fill the same role with the Sabres.

A source told The News’ Bucky Gleason the Bills and Sabres owners, Terry and Kim Pegula, found how operations worked smoothly with the Bills and wondered why the Sabres had so many problems. A source also told Gleason that Black refused to engage with co-workers and was viewed as a weak leader and administrator.

“Since we purchased the Buffalo Bills last October, we have been highly impressed with the business acumen that Russ has shown with the Bills,” the Pegulas said in a news release. “Now is an appropriate time to give him additional responsibilities with the Sabres. Russ will work with Pegula Sports & Entertainment to create strong synergies between the Sabres and Bills.”

In the news release from the Sabres, Black’s departure was termed a mutual decision.

A news conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at First Niagara Center.

Related:• Vic Carucci: Brandon leading Bills, Sabres business operations no surprise

Analysis from The News’ reporters and columnists

• Feb. 16, 2011: Pegula has his own man in Black

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