Bills, Sabres owner Pegula battling health issues

Buffalo Bills and Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula is undergoing treatment for undisclosed heath issues.

The Pegula family issued a statement Tuesday saying, “Kim is receiving medical care as a result of some unexpected health issues. We are very grateful for the progress she has made over the past few days. She has an exceptional team of medical experts at her side. We ask that you keep Kim and our family in your prayers and ask that you respect our need for privacy.”

Pegula, 53, is President and CEO of Pegula Sports and Entertainment. She oversees the business operations of both the Bills and Sabres and is the first female president of both an NFL and NHL team.

Kim and Terry Pegula, 71, purchased the Bills in 2014, after becoming owners of the Sabres in 2011.

She has been a public advocate for increasing diversity in both the NFL and NHL, and currently sits on the NFL Workplace Diversity Committee. Pegula also serves on the NFL’s Super Bowl and Major Events Advisory Committee, Business Ventures Committee and NFL Foundation Committee.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Pegula was adopted at five-years old by a Canadian family based in Fairport, N.Y., east of Rochester. She later attended Houghton College, living all her early life in Western New York.

The Pegulas also own the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits and Rochester Nighthawks and the AHL Rochester Americans. An agreement was reached this year on a new $1.4 billion stadium that will keep the Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. for the foreseeable future with a 30-year lease.

Alongside commissioner Roger Goodell, the Pegulas visited the site of the Tops Friendly Markets racist shooting in East Buffalo last month that killed 10.

The Pegulas have five children, Jessica, Kelly, Matthew, Michael and Laura.

The family did not provide any further details about Kim Pegula’s condition, and neither team has provided further comments.

ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg contributed to this report.

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