We're still a week away from the start of rookie minicamp, and Russ Brandon's resignation is still dominating the headlines. News columnist Sean Kirst delivers a feel-good story for Bills fans, detailing how the team was able to provide the ultimate moment for superfan "Pancho Billa" at the NFL Draft while keeping the planned surprise a secret from Bills Mafia supporters. "It was one of the great acknowledgements of Bills fans in franchise history," Kirst writes. The latest on Russ Brandon: Vic Carucci reports that owners Terry and Kim Pegula used their personal attorneys to conduct the investigation that led to Brandon's resignation, in part because Brandon's brother, Gregg, is executive vice president and general counsel for Pegula Sports and Entertainment. The NFL is also looking into the situation and will "make a decision in the next few days," according to a spokesman. Bucky Gleason: Brandon lost his way before losing his job. Front office addition: The Bills are reportedly in … [Read more...] about [BN] Blitz newsletter: ‘Viva Los Bills!’ The uplifting tale of Pancho’s Pick
Welcome back to The Spot, where The Denver Post’s politics team captures what’s happening this week — from the Colorado legislature to Denver city hall, with a stop through the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C. Greetings from this world of chaos that we call Colorado politics, where state lawmakers are rushing to pass major bills in the waning days of this year’s legislative session and the 2018 campaigns have been scrambling in court to get their candidates on the ballot. Sign up for The Spot newsletter for a weekly rundown of Colorado politics. Meanwhile, pit bulls are allowed in Castle Rock now, school kids have been barred from a former nuclear weapons production site in the Denver area and the Denver NFL draft 2019 watch is, like, so underway. Also — because we are everywhere at every moment — reporter John Frank literally witnessed Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne getting a very real and very permanent tattoo as part of her bid to … [Read more...] about The Spot newsletter: Will Denver land the NFL draft?, Colorado legislature in its final sprint, a resolution in the Doug Lamborn ballot battle and more
Exit: Russ Brandon. Enter: Kim Pegula. The sudden resignation of Brandon as managing partner and president of the Pegula sports empire following an internal investigation into Brandon’s workplace behavior and allegations of personal misconduct has left Pegula – who along with her husband, Terry, owns the Bills and the Sabres – with unprecedented power, writes Mark Gaughan for [BN] Blitz. She is now one of only two women in the NFL with full control of the day-to-day management of a team and the only current female president in the NHL. “Kim Pegula unquestionably is one of the most powerful women in North American sports, without even considering the other elements of the Pegula empire,” Gaughan writes. “Those also include the Buffalo Bandits and Rochester Americans, along with HarborCenter, other real estate holdings, a recording industry label and other retail brands.” Brandon “lost his way”: The Buffalo News’ Bucky Gleason … [Read more...] about [BN] Blitz newsletter: Brandon’s exit leaves Kim Pegula facing huge task
You won't have Russ Brandon to kick around anymore, Bills fans. Tim Graham's bombshell report sheds light on Brandon's abrupt resignation as managing partner and president of the Pegula sports empire: Kim Pegula on Friday informed Brandon an internal investigation was being conducted. Two sources with knowledge of the investigation said it was triggered by allegations of inappropriate relationships with female employees. When confronted by Kim Pegula, the sources said, Brandon denied any such relationships, but the investigation indicated he was deceitful about that and other job-related issues that were uncovered. Vic Carucci's analysis: "Russ Brandon's 20-year run as an executive with the Buffalo Bills produced some amazing accomplishments on the business side and colossal failure on the football end. Fans will forever see him as the face of The Drought, as the primary reason the Bills went 17 excruciating years without making the playoffs before their wild-card appearance after last … [Read more...] about [BN] Blitz newsletter: Will Russ Brandon be remembered as the face of The Drought?
The NFL Draft season is over. Grades are in and the mock drafters are already looking ahead to 2019. If you missed any of the Bills' moves, blanket coverage from [BN] Blitz can be found here. May is minicamp season, and the rookies get on the practice field at One Bills Drive next week. The veterans will transition from conditioning workouts to organized team activities by the end of the month. With the roster currently at 78 players before the list of priority undrafted free agents is announced, Jay Skurski projects the Bills' depth chart heading into preseason. "While General Manager Brandon Beane has shown he'll be active in both free agency and the trade market leading up to September, we have a pretty good idea of who will be in the running to make the final 53-man roster," Skurski writes. Josh Allen will start out as No. 3 QB: Beane said in a radio interview Monday that the rookie quarterback will be behind AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman at the beginning of OTAs. The GM had … [Read more...] about [BN] Blitz newsletter: What does the Bills’ post-draft depth chart look like?