User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Soccer
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Bills CEO Brandon promoted to team president

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon added the title of team president Tuesday, and said Buddy Nix will remain the club's general manager.

Advertisement
The announcement Tuesday came a day after the Bills fired coach Chan Gailey following three losing seasons.

Brandon's promotion gives him operational control of the franchise, and he will report directly to owner Ralph Wilson, who previously held the president's title.

Brandon discussed the move at a news conference following a Monday meeting with the 94-year-old Hall of Fame owner at his home in suburban Detroit.

``It was a rather emotional visit,'' Brandon said. ``He told me he was passing the torch to me to run the franchise in totality. He has granted me full authority to run the franchise with zero restrictions and zero limitations.''

The Bills are in the midst of their fifth coaching search since 2001. They're coming off their second consecutive 6-10 season and extended the NFL's longest playoff drought to 13 years. Over that stretch, Buffalo only once had a winning record - 9-7 in 2004.

Wilson, the franchise's founder, has only once before given up the title of president. That was in 2001, when he hired Tom Donahoe to also serve as general manager. Donahoe was fired after the 2005 season, at which point Wilson took back the title and said he had no plan to ever give it up again.

``These past 13 years have been very difficult on our fans, and we have not produced the type of winning that they deserve,'' Wilson said in a statement ``I believe that Russ has the unique abilities to assemble and lead the talent we will need to get the job done.''

Brandon completed his 16th season with the Bills, and has been serving as the team's chief operating officer since 2008. He was initially hired to work as the Bills director of business development and marketing. He previously served as general manager in 2008 and `09, taking over after Marv Levy stepped down.

During his time with the team, Brandon's played a key role in expanding the franchise's small-market base both east into Rochester, and north into southern Ontario and Toronto.

In 2008, Brandon played a significant role in spearheading the Bills playing games in Toronto, located a two-hour drive from Buffalo. The team reached a five-year deal to play eight games - including five annual regular season games - in Canada's largest city and financial capital.

The deal with Toronto-based Rogers Communications expired this year, but the Bills and Rogers have expressed confidence that the series of games will be renewed in the coming months.

---

Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
News: SBXLIX - Prop Predictions
Mejia: Super Bowl XLIX props for profit
Rogers: Advantage - Seattle
David: Advantage - Over
Sportsbook: Best Prop Bets
Zylbert: Vegas gambles with Baldwin Prop
Rogers: Advantage - New England
David: Advantage - Under
News: 49 Super Betting Angles
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
10-3 Playoff Record, 25-8 L33
7-0 Last 7 Playoff Picks
31-19 +1,233 L50, +1,809 TY
6-1 L7 G-Plays, 17-8 L7 Sundays
9-2 L11, 15-4 L19 Streak
7-3 L10 NFL Selections
16-6 L6 Sundays, 22-9 L8 Sundays
2-0 Sunday, 20-7 Guarantees TY
13-5 L18 Guaranteed Plays
+1,450 Overall This Season
4-0 L4 Picks, 13-6 L19 Guarantees
4-1 Last 5 Playoff Picks
4-2 L6, 17-9 L26 Guarantees
4-1 Last 5 Total Plays
+1,362 Over/Under Plays TY
NFL Pro Football Expert Sports Picks- Super Bowl 49- New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks
2014 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Vince Akins + 1936
Joe Williams + 1809
Bruce Marshall + 1450
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last Week  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Vince Akins 58 %
Stephen Nover 57 %
Doc's Sports 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 1225
Bruce Marshall + 739
Marc Lawrence + 715
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1362
Hank Goldberg + 505
Joe Williams + 383
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
The Gold Sheet + 1152
Bruce Marshall + 1114
Stephen Nover + 750
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy Sager Bomb