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Peter McLoughlin Leaving Blues To Become President Of Seahawks

McLoughlin Succeeding Tod
Leiweke At Seahawks 

Blues Enterprises CEO Peter McLoughlin is "leaving the club" to become President of the Seahawks, according to sources cited by Rutherford & Miklasz of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. McLoughlin, who joined the Blues in '06, will succeed TOD LEIWEKE, who recently stepped down as CEO of the Seahawks to become CEO & part-Owner of the Lightning. A source indicated that McLoughlin's departure is "not related to the financial stability of the Blues, but rather an opportunity in Seattle that was too good to pass up." It is unclear "how the Blues plan to execute" his duties going forward. Rutherford & Miklasz note McLoughlin in his four years "orchestrated the multi-million-dollar deal with Scottrade for naming rights of the arena, and he was also involved in several successful ticket promotions" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/23).

SEATTLE'S BEST: In Seattle, Danny O'Neil notes the Seahawks are "not hiring McLoughlin to make football decisions, but rather for his sports-business acumen." Before joining the Blues, the 53-year-old "worked for 21 years at Anheuser-Busch," and prior to that had a stint with NBC Sports. Leiweke, who was "part of the process of hiring his successor," attended Seahawks practice yesterday. O'Neil notes McLoughlin's hiring "will complete a total facelift atop Seattle's NFL franchise over the past nine months" that also included the hiring of Pete Carroll as coach and John Schneider as GM (SEATTLE TIMES, 9/23). Pro Football HOFer and former Seahawks WR Steve Largent reportedly had been "on a short list for the position" (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 9/23). It remains to be seen if McLoughlin will have "any involvement with the Portland Trail Blazers, whom Leiweke oversaw as part of his role as CEO of Paul Allen's entire Vulcan Sports enterprise" (SEATTLEPI.com, 9/22).

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