NFL owners vote to fire commissioner, reinstate Gary Kubiak
NFL owners voted Wednesday to remove the commissioner of the Buffalo Bills, who was fired after the team missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
Bills owner Terry Pegula, who had been on leave for two months, voted in favor of the motion to remove commissioner Gary Kubik.
The vote was 7-3 in favor, with the rest voting against.
Bills president Russ Brandon said the decision was the best decision for the team.
The decision to fire Kubiak was a mistake and a disservice to the team, he said.
Kubiak will serve as interim commissioner until the NFL votes on a new commissioner in 2018.
Bills players had been pushing for a change in the commissioner’s duties, which were limited to scheduling meetings and team business.
Bills chairman and CEO Russ Brandon and general manager Doug Whaley were also present during the vote, but were absent for the majority of the vote.
The players are expected to meet with the NFL in a week or two.