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Buffalo enriches staff through Sabres University

Nov 16, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

Ted Black AP

Unlike other franchises, the Buffalo Sabres haven’t fired or reduced the pay of any staff member as a result of the ongoing lockout. Instead, they’ve opened up Sabres University.

Sabres president Ted Black came up with the idea of using the extra time that the lockout has provided to educated their employees in over 30 areas of team operation, based on an ESPN report.

Buffalo is hosting lessons twice a week on subjects that include scouting, public speaking, fitness and diet, and coaching strategy.

It’s given employees a chance to learn more about every aspect of the game of hockey while also providing members of the organization with a chance to shine by teaching their co-workers about what they do for a living.

“It was really gratifying to see them empowered that way,” Black said, referring to the staff members who make the ice. That class in particular proved popular.

Some of the courses are mandatory and one example of that is the history of the Sabres. In certain cases, Black has also encouraged departments to take some of the classes. For example, he wanted the website and broadcasting personnel to participate in the scouting class to see if they could make use of the team’s scouting videos.

In the end, the employees should have a richer and broader understanding of the sport as a result of Sabres University, and that could give them an edge when this lockout finally concludes.

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