Pegula Sports & Entertainment

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Pegula Sports & Entertainment, in partnership with the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres foundations, has announced it will provide at least $1.2 million in direct community aid to Western New York residents in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the NHL's decision to suspend its season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bill talks about how the situation rapidly evolved last week and what the scenarios are for a possible return at some future date. Also, how has Pegula Sports & Entertainment handled the plight of workers at KeyBank Center? And how is Bill, himself, adapting to his new reality?


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Buffalo's Harborcenter is getting a new sponsor. On the doors, walls and every other available space at the downtown hockey rink, a college of osteopathic medicine will now be included on the signs.

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New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is visiting Western New York this week. One of his stops Tuesday afternoon was New Era Field.

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More than 200 women last week said they would boycott the upcoming NWHL season for multiple reasons including a lack of resources. Now, Pegula Sports and Entertainment says it will no longer operate the Buffalo Beauts moving forward. WBFO's Nick Lippa spoke to NWHL and Victory Press writer Melissa Burgess about what's next for the league.

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Pegula Sports & Entertainment has announced the departures of three executives, the latest in a string of high-profile exits from the company.

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The owners of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres have hired a consulting firm to help them study possible next steps for the venues where the professional football and hockey teams play. In the case of the Bills, the upcoming feasibility analysis includes exploration of an entirely new stadium.

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Just hours after the owner of the Rochester Knighthawks lacrosse team announced he was moving the team to Halifax, Nova Scotia, the owners of the Buffalo Sabres are stepping in to keep a team in Rochester.

Rochester is getting new help to run the Blue Cross Arena. And that help is coming from Buffalo.

City officials had only recently announced that they were ending the longtime management contract for the arena with Philadelphia-based SMG.  At the time, Rochester officials said  that company had performed below expectations.

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A full-service bar, restaurant, beer garden and brewery are expected to open this November, representing the first tenants of a development in progress in Buffalo's Cobblestone District. Officials with Pegula Sports and Entertainment joined representatives of Labatt USA to provide a progress report on what will be known as Labatt House.

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Russ Brandon has resigned his dual role as president of the NFL Buffalo Bills and NHL Buffalo Sabres in a major shake-up for the teams' owners, Terry and Kim Pegula.

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Buffalo Public Schools are continuing the push for more sports - for both sexes - and better sports performances, facilities, coaching and academics.

The HarborCenter Public Art Contest features six finalists vying for a cash prize and a chance to have their work viewed for years to come by the hundreds of thousands who will be making their way past one of downtown Buffalo's marquee locations.