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LEIWEKE RESIGNS FROM NUGGETS OPERATION, CITES BURNOUT
Published March 22, 1995
In an "emotional address at McNichols Arena," Rocky Mountain Entertainment President Tim Leiweke resigned after two months as head of the Nuggets' "off-court operation." Leiweke had been with the Nuggets for four years, "turning around" the team's "flagging business and marketing operation." Leiweke cited the stress of 12-hour days and the building of a new arena and "courtship" of the NHL as the main reasons for his departure. Leiweke: "I don't want to die before I turn 40. ... The stress and tension, especially the last few weeks, I quite frankly have not handled as well as I would like to. ... I really was not happy with what I was turning into." But the "timing of his announcement, coming one month after an organizational shakeup that stripped him of his title as President of the Nuggets, was hard to overlook." During the restructuring, the perception in Denver was that Leiweke "was being kicked aside" to make room for new President Bernie Bickerstaff's "ever increasing profile." Charlie Lyons, President of Comsat, the owner of the Nuggets, said such talk didn't make Leiweke "feel any better about his job. ... You could see it in his eyes." Leiweke will work as a consultant to Comsat, but his role remains undefined. Gary Hunter, Nuggets VP of Business Operations, will take over Leiweke's job, but the position of President of Rocky Mountain Entertainment will remain vacant (Dave Krieger, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 3/22).