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ATLANTA — Kim Pegula described herself as “very disheartened” over the parting of ways with Russ Brandon as president of Pegula Sports & Entertainment and its sports franchises. Speaking with The Buffalo News at the NFL spring meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, Pegula wouldn’t address details of what led to Brandon’s May 1 resignation. The News reported that workplace a…

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Here's a great bar conversation to have, courtesy of a tweet from NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah on Friday. "The 2011 NFL Draft class should be a documentary one day," Jeremiah wrote on Twitter. "Seven of the top 11 picks will be Hall of Famers. Cam Newton (1) Von Miller (2) AJ Green (4) Patrick Peterson (5) Julio Jones (6) Tyron Smith (9) JJ Watt (11)." I'm not sold …

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The NFL has closed the books on its examination of the circumstances that led to Russ Brandon's May 1 resignation as managing partner and president of Pegula Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Buffalo Bills. A league spokesman Friday issued the following statement: "We are satisfied the club addressed the matter in a timely, thorough and appropriate manner. …

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Sean McDermott hopes the Buffalo Bills can find the next Quintin Mikell in the 12 undrafted free agents who officially signed with the team Friday. An undrafted free agent out of Boise State, Mikell turned himself into an All-Pro safety with the Philadelphia Eagles during the time McDermott was on their coaching staff. “Really a credit to the way he approached his jo…

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I must say, I'm touched. The Mailbag took a three-week hiatus and people actually missed it. There was a pile of mail waiting, on all manner of subjects. And no one told me to retire or move back to New England (where I spent last week). It's hard to get to everyone's questions. I still have some good ones sitting in the file from last fall. So in an attempt to be more …

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Russ Brandon resigned this week from his position as the president and managing partner of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, which oversees the Bills and Sabres, Tim Graham reported Tuesday. Brandon's resignation follows an internal investigation into allegations of inappropriate relationships with female employees. Brandon, who began his career with the Bills as executi…

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Russ Brandon's big moment with the Buffalo Sabres didn't work. The former team president, who resigned Tuesday after being part of an internal investigation, was one of the key figures in getting the World Junior Championship back to Buffalo this year. The hype was big, especially the outdoor game between the United States and Canada in New Era Field. The event faile…

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Terry and Kim Pegula released a statement regarding the resignation of Russ Brandon: "We have a tremendous amount of confidence in the strong leadership teams we have built within each of those entities over the last several years. We are excited about the direction of our teams, especially after this past weekend's NFL draft and NHL lottery results. "Our focus remai…

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Brandon Beane unknowingly stepped into a hornet's nest Monday. Appearing on the team-produced "One Bills Live," the Buffalo Bills' general manager was asked by co-host Steve Tasker who will have a seat at the team's draft table later this week. "It'll be me, Sean, Kim and Terry, Joe Schoen, Terrence Gray, who's our college director, and then Russ Brandon," Beane said…

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A whole segment of Sabres fans still talk about how the team is playing at "the new arena," a step up from the much-beloved Memorial Auditorium. But KeyBank Center, the fourth name of a building that opened in 1996, is hardly new anymore. Approaching 22 years old, it's in middle age in arena years and has fallen behind the other facilities constructed during the NHL's b…

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Four years and one day later, Russ Brandon stood Monday at the very same patch of carpet upon which his bucking knees somehow kept him upright. Here, outside the Plaza Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando, is where he announced to the world Ralph Wilson had died. "For us to be standing in the exact spot," Brandon said Monday, "is quite su…

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There is no doubt that it is a new era for the Buffalo Bills. In the month that has passed since the team was eliminated from the postseason, General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott have continued to overhaul the organization, from the training staff to the coaching staff and, even an entire department that was created under the old front office structure…

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What's the opposite of robust? A long-running joke about the Buffalo Bills has been about their much-heralded "robust football analytics operation," a phrase used by Russ Brandon in 2013 to indicate grand plans to bring a progressive and aggressive approach to football. Five years later, the Bills have blown it up. The Bills last week dismissed director of analyti…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Like a TV dad that walks into the kitchen to confab with his family about the coming day, Doug Marrone casually took his place behind the lectern for Thursday's news conference with a ceramic coffee mug that read #ForeverTeal. In a baggy Jacksonville Jaguars sweatshirt, he answered questions about Sunday's playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at E…