By John Boccacino
Terry and Kim Pegula purchased the Buffalo Sabres in 2011 and the Buffalo Bills in 2014.
While there have been far more lows than highs in the couple’s first stint owning a professional sports franchise, and while there has been more frustration and heartache than successes so far in Western New York, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Qualifying for the playoffs and snapping the longest active playoff drought among the four major professional sports leagues will have that impact on a fan base and the Pegulas, like the fans, feel optimistic about their Bills moving forward.
Kim Pegula, president and co-owner of both the Bills and Buffalo Sabres, sat down for a thorough, hard-hitting interview with The Athletic’s John Vogl where she reflected on how the culture at One Bills Drive has changed since the Bills snapped their 17-year playoff drought, and why the YouTube videos showing Bills fans throwing each other through tables gives Buffalo fans an undeservedly bad reputation.
Even if the national media might not expect much from the Bills in 2018, the Pegulas are excited to see what improvements head coach Sean McDermott’s Bills can make this year. Kim, in particular, said that while many pundits felt the Bills should have been pleased just to qualify for the postseason, that wasn’t the case....