BUFFALO, N.Y. – Buffalo Bills and Sabers co-owner Kim Pegula is “making good progress” as she manages her health, according to a Pegula family statement, and she is “currently resting and rehabilitating.”
The family first confirmed that Pegula was under medical treatment on June 14 for “unexpected health issues.”
“We are grateful to the medical professionals caring for them and to everyone for their prayers and well wishes,” the Pegula family continued in a statement Tuesday. “We ask that you continue to respect our need for privacy during this time.”
Pegula, 53, is President and CEO of Pegula Sports and Entertainment and President and co-owner of Bills and Sabers. She oversees the operations of both teams and is the first woman to serve as both president of an NFL and NHL team.
Kim and Terry Pegula, 71, bought the Bills for $1.4 billion in 2014 after becoming owners of the Sabers in 2011. They live in both Florida and Buffalo, and Kim was admitted to a Florida hospital earlier this month.
She is a member of the NFL Workplace Diversity Committee. Pegula has also served on the NFL Super Bowl and Major Events Advisory Committee, the Business Ventures Committee, and the NFL Foundation Committee, and co-chaired the NHL’s Executive Inclusion Council. She was a proponent of diversity in both leagues.
The Pegulas also own the Buffalo Bandits and the Rochester Nighthawks of the National Lacrosse League, and the Rochester Americans, the Sabers’ affiliate of the American Hockey League. This year, an agreement was reached on a $1.4 billion stadium for the Bills in Orchard Park, New York, which includes a 30-year lease.
“We are all praying for her, and we appreciate that everyone in the community is praying for her as well,” quarterback Josh Allen said earlier this month. “[Kim’s] has done so much for our organization and we all love her so much. Again, as a team we say our prayers and we only ask that you do the same for us, please.”