Paul Peck and I couldn’t be more excited about Buffalo Sports Page, our contributors, the people that have helped us get here, and your participation in the project. I think project is the most appropriate term for BSP, because it’s not just about the website. It’s about what we and our team will do to bring you perspective and analysis of the teams you love. That includes all the videos, radio shows, TV appearances, live events, and other things we have planned. With that in mind, I thought I’d give you some insight as to why and how we decided to do this.
I have known Paul Peck for over 20 years. During that time, I’ve quasi-interned with him, staked out for player interview scoops at One Bills Drive and the airport with him, and been his color analyst on game broadcasts. In that time, I’ve known him to be nothing but professional, hardworking, and of the utmost integrity. Qualities anyone would look for in a friend and business partner. I’ve always considered Paul the former, but had no idea the latter would come to fruition. Enough smoke blowing, here’s how this came about. Last January, following a UB Basketball game, Paul and I started talking about what we were doing professionally, and what would we’d like to do. We are doing things we enjoy (Paul-UB play by play, Me-PGA Tour play by play), we both have more to contribute in the town we call home. The challenge, the town we call home has media entities that we’ve moved on from, or are going in different directions. A media executive in town suggested to me about 2 years ago that I should do my own sports website to cover the Bills and Sabres. I mentioned this to Paul, and the lightbulb went off for both of us that we could do this together.
The conversation turned into a phone call the next day, and several more after that. We solicited opinions of people we respected, trusted, and some we didn’t. We wanted to know if this would work. Most, if not all, were encouraging. We researched and reached out to others who have done this in other markets. Not many have, and the most successful was not too willing to mentor. That’s okay. We just wanted to see success, not have our hands held. We decided to take the leap and it’s been an adventure ever since.
Anybody that has started a business knows the process is exciting and draining all in the same breadth. The twists and turns, finding the money, the paperwork, the planning, things you know, things you don’t know, securing vendors, trusting others to turn your vision into reality, and fifty other things all go into it. I think we did all right. Now it’s time to get to work. Manage our team, bring you quality, engaging content, work with our partners, and build this bigger and better year after year.
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