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TIM RIGAS NAMED CEO AS SABRES DISMISS PRESIDENT/CEO QUINN
Published April 9, 1998
The Sabres have dismissed President & CEO Larry Quinn. Empire Sports Network VP/GM Ron Bertovich will act as interim GM of Administration for the team, overseeing day- to-day non-hockey administration functions. Sabres GM Darcy Regier will continue to lead the hockey department. Both will report directly to new Sabres CEO Timothy Rigas, son of new Sabres Chair John Rigas. John Rigas: "With new ownership ... comes different management philosophies" (Sabres). Tim Rigas said the post of team president "will remain open for the time being" (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/9). REAX: In Buffalo, Jim Kelley wrote that Quinn, who won out "in a bitter struggle for power within the organization" to become President in November of '96, "had a controversial term." Some 1,600 season tickets were not renewed after last season. Quinn's "right hand man," Sabres Exec VP/ Sports & Arena Operations Dan DiPofi, also resigned (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/8). In Toronto, David Shoalts: "Quinn's tenure was marked by a series of public relations disasters, not all of them of his own making" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/9). In Toronto, Damien Cox writes that Quinn's dismissal "may have ended the most contentious, hateful chapter in the history of this 28-year-old franchise" (TORONTO STAR, 4/9).