Updated: Jul 27, 2015
Today, the Buffalo Sabres announced that the organization and president Ted Black “mutually agreed to part ways”. Ted Black was relieved of his presidential duties immediately, and Russ Brandon is set to take over the role of president for the organization.
Russ Brandon will have the autonomy to make presidential decisions for organizations in both the National Hockey League and the National Football League. In addition to accepting the job as president of the Buffalo Sabres, Brandon is also the president of the Buffalo Bills franchise in the National Football League. Russ has worked for the Bills since 1997, and the Pegula family was pleased with the improvements he made to the Buffalo Bills organization since they took over as owners of the team.
Terry and Kim Pegula announced that “Russ will work with Pegula Sports and Entertainment to create strong synergies between the Bills and Sabres.”
It is believed by various sources that Ted Black did not work well with his co-workers and other employees; several sources noted Black’s feeble leadership skills, and his inability to take control of the team. These internal conflicts within the organization has led to Black’s dismissal.
As stated by Terry and Kim Pegula, current owners of the organization, “Since we purchased the Buffalo Bills last October, we have been highly impressed with the business acumen that Russ has shown with the Bills.” Now is an appropriate time to give him additional responsibilities with the Sabres…. We are grateful to Ted Black for all he has done for the Sabres organization and wish him much success in his future endeavors.”
The Buffalo Sabres organization will hold a press conference for their new president Russ Brandon at 2:30 P.M at the First Niagara Center. Here, at the Sabres home hockey rink, Russ will answer all questions from the attending media regarding his new job with the Sabres organization.