Leiweke leaving Seattle Seahawks

Published on July 26, 2010 by     

The changes with the Seattle Seahawks continue, and this time it’s at the very top.

Tod Leiweke, who oversaw the rejuvenation of the franchise during the past seven years, is stepping down as CEO of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment to join the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning as CEO and part owner.

The move was announced today in a press release issued by Vulcan Sports and Entertainment. Leiweke also headed the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Sounders FC, the other sports holdings of owner Paul Allen.

“I’m sorry to see him go, but I know hockey is his first love,” Allen said in a statement.

Leiweke, 50, worked for the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild of the NHL prior to joining the Seahawks in 2003.

“Tod has been a leader for our sports teams,” Allen said. “He helped lead the Seahawks to the 2005 NFC Championship and our first Super Bowl. He also understands our priority on the fans, reinvigorating the 12th Man tradition and leading the team to a five-season string of sellout crowds.”

But Leiweke’s successful touch did not stop at the Seahawks, as the three franchises have combined for 201 consecutive sellouts.

Leiweke will remain with Vulcan Sports until his replacement is found, and he will assist in the search-and-selection process.

“Paul Allen is the most fan-friendly owner in professional sports,” Leiweke said. “He has built great sports franchises that have always given much back to the community. We have strong management and coaching in place in Seattle and Portland and I know the teams are in good hands.”

It was Leiweke who enticed Pete Carroll to leave the University of Southern California and join the Seahawks as coach in January, after the team won nine games the past two seasons. Carroll and Leiweke then headed the process that led to John Schneider being named general manager.

With the Lightning, which was recently purchased by Jeff Vinik, Leiweke will have the opportunity to be involved in an ownership role, as well as the day-to-day operation of the franchise.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

wilson-entourage

Russell Wilson isn’t “Black Enough,” Seahawks Players Allegedly Say

After Percy Harvin was traded to the Jets, the leaks began almost immediately. Harvin physically fought teammates. Harvin ...
hi-res-c36ccb423dec27409ba5c600d9a89b53_crop_exact

Seahawks say they are far from buried

Here’s something to help the morning coffee go down more smoothly: Sure, these aren’t the same Seahawks who blew ...
Oct 19, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs the ball for a touchdown during the second half of a football game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 28-26.  Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson is first player in NFL history to have 300/100 game

Peyton Manning wasn't the only NFL quarterback who made history in Week 7, so did Russell Wilson.In the ...
505963447TW00040_Seattle_Se

Percy Harvin gave Golden Tate black eye before Super Bowl

The Seahawks stunned the NFL world on Friday night by trading Percy Harvin to the Jets, less than ...
o-MARSHAWN-LYNCH-facebook

Darrell Bevell: I must get Marshawn Lynch the ball

Darrell Bevell has heard you, Seattle Seahawks fans. The offensive coordinator heard the rampant consternation and deep-throated queries wondering ...
goywh.AuSt.5

Seahawks trade WR Percy Harvin to Jets for draft choice

Well, that’s the end of that problem of getting Percy Harvin the ball down field more, or too ...
131230bennett6vgdfgdgdfg60

Less dancing, more tackling from Seahawks, please

As the Dallas Cowboys were giving them a beating last Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks defense provided a CenturyLink ...
17YsDE.AuSt.5

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: “Whenever we’re running the ball, we’re fine”

Marshawn Lynch sprinted down the right sideline untouched, into and out of the end zone. But he wasn’t carrying ...

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com
 

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz