'B. Thomas Golisano, the billionaire businessman who is running for governor of New York, met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Friday to discuss his interest in buying the financially troubled Buffalo Sabres.'
Archives for October 4, 2002
'In a conference call with reporters Oct. 3, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman voiced disappointment with sluggish season ticket sales for the Buffalo Sabres.'
'Now, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is formally lending a hand to the Sabres by creating what is, in effect, a "Buffalo Backs the Sabres" ticket drive campaign, chaired by three influential business leaders, James Wadsworth, co-chairman of the Hodgson Russ law firm; M&T Bank President Robert Sadler and Brian Keating, HSBC Bank regional president.'
'After giving up a goal to Brett Hull less than two minutes into the third period, Miller moved well and made some impressive stops, helping the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 preseason win over the Red Wings Thursday night.'
'The Wings dug themselves a 2-0 hole, making mistakes in their zone and committing turnovers. They came back and tied the game in the third period, but then Adam Mair and Jochen Hecht scored for the Sabres.'
'The Wings came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie, but Buffalo scored twice late in the third period. "Tonight wasn't our best game," Joseph said.'
'"It was nice," Miller said. "I heard some Michigan State fans. I had family and some friends here. I gave my sister a Sabres jersey before the game for her birthday. I noticed she was wearing it when I looked up during the game."'
'A goal the equivalent of 12,000 full season-ticket packages has not been reached, despite the efforts of three prominent businessmen to sell tickets to local businesses. Two months ago, the Sabres had 6,600 season-ticket holders. By the end of last week that had grown to just more than 7,400. "I do remain disappointed in season-ticket sales, but I hope this new effort will help me overcome my disappointment," Bettman said.'