And what advantage have his billions provided to the team so far?
Cup holders on the pissers.
Which is funny to me. But also half-serious.
We've improved a lot of game-night things. More/better digital display rings around the arena. More concession staff (read: more beer kiosks on the 300 level with shorter lines). Then there's Harbor Center, which gives us more parking options, another bar to watch games downtown, a donut shop that I hope to god is open until bar time for drunken donut revelry. Oh, and the hockey rinks, which bring their own enormous slew of benefits. I think the television broadcast improved substantially (despite RJ calling fewer games for obvious, well thought-out reasons). We have better alumni relations- he flew alumni from around the continent (world?) into Buffalo for alumni night.
These resources improve the franchise, and since his ownership began, the franchise has
improved. Just not the product on the ice. I'm well aware of how important winning the Cup is, and like many, I'd throw all that other stuff down the toilet to win the Cup. But the things accomplished off-ice so far are quite nice and only getting nicer.
And as LTS said, this franchise is much more financially stable than it was. And the future of the Sabres is firmly cemented in the City of Buffalo. Which is nice. The Bills' uncertainty cats an enormous looming shadow on the franchise from a fan's perspective.
As a franchise, we are
destine for greatness. We just have so far to go on the ice, that's it's hard to see.
King Kong isn't exactly a success story