A major Seahawks power broker will be splitting the scene in Seattle. Vulcan Sports & Entertainment announced today that CEO Tod Leiweke, who also has the same title with the Seahawks, is resigning to join the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning as CEO and part owner.
As CEO of Vulcan Sports, Leiweke has overseen the professional sports holdings of billionaire Paul Allen, including the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Sounders FC in addition to the Seahawks.
Leiweke will stay on at Vulcan Sports until a new chief executive is found and will assist in the search for his replacement.
"Paul Allen is the most fan-friendly owner in professional sports. He has built great sports franchises that have always given much back to the community," Leiweke said in a statement released by Vulcan Sports. "We have strong management and coaching in place in Seattle and Portland, and I know the teams are in good hands."
Leiweke, who has been involved with Vulcan Sports for more than seven years, said having an ownership interest in an NHL team fulfills a lifelong goal.
"Tod has been a leader for our sports teams," said Allen. "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 sell-out crowds."
Leiweke joined the Seahawks in June 2003. He was named CEO of Vulcan Sports in March 2007. He previously worked in the NHL for both the Vancouver Canucks and, prior to coming to Seattle, for the Minnesota Wild.
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