Pegula: 'I don't know what's going on, but we have to fix it'

Bills and Sabres owner Terry Pegula joined The Instigators on Tuesday

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Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula joined Marty Biron and Craig Rivet on The Instigators Tuesday morning to discuss a number of topics in Buffalo. Among the topics discussed included the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, which got underway on Tuesday at KeyBank Center and HarborCenter, as well as the Bills who are trying to break a 17-year playoff drought. 

One of the hot topics that was discussed on Tuesday was the issues with the NFL's replay system, in particular the Kelvin Benjamin touchdown catch that was called back on Sunday in New England. When asked about the play, Pegula did not hold back on his feelings with the league's system of looking things over during games.

"They obviously weren't looking at the same television the rest of the country was looking at, were they?" Pegula said. "You can probably find somebody in this country who disagrees with that and I know one guy would be Al Riveron (NFL's senior vice president of officiating) sitting in New York City." 

"Replay was developed by this league to correct obvious mistakes. If you've got to look at a play 30 times from five different angles and keep looking at it... you go with the call on the field. It's what the league's been doing ever since replay started... I don't know what's going on, but we have to fix it. And I'm not saying that as the owner of the Bills, I'm saying it as a football fan. We can't have stuff like this happening in our league." 

Not to say that Sunday's decision was the reason the Bills lost the game to the Patriots, but it certainly could have been a turning point in the game heading into halftime.

If the Bills had pulled off the win over New England on Sunday, the Bills would be sitting in a better spot in the AFC standings to clinch a berth in the playoffs for the first time in 17 seasons. Now with the Bills sitting at 8-7 with one game left to play, Pegula understands that his team will need some help to break their long playoff drought.

"Unfortunately, it's not all in our team's hands anymore, we need something else to happen. But I know the guys will go out there and do their best," Pegula said.

When it comes to the World Juniors, Pegula is looking forward to watching the five Sabres prospects participating in the tournament.

"Obviously, I'm going to be looking at all of them, but I want to see our forwards. [Alexander] Nylander, [Casey] Mittelstadt and [Marcus] Davidsson. I want to see how they perform," Pegula said. "It's pretty obvious that our team in the NHL needs some goal scoring, so it would be nice to see these guys fill the net a little bit. As long as they don't score them on (Ukko-Pekka) Luukkonen." 

You can listen to Pegula's entire interview with Marty Biron and Craig Rivet below: 

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