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Longtime AFL Predators Exec Brett Bouchy Steps Down As Team's Managing Partner

AFL Orlando Predators Managing Partner Brett Bouchy has stepped down from this position and "sold his interest in the franchise to Pearsall Holdings," according to Brendan Sonnone of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. David Pearsall, a former minority owner, will replace Bouchy "as managing partner and become majority owner." Bouchy had been in the Predators' front office "for most of the past 17 years." He said, "There are some other endeavors of mine that will probably become public in the next few weeks. This was the right time for me." Predators COO Darrell Harbin said that Bouchy's departure "was not because of a lawsuit filed by the City of Orlando against the team over naming rights at Amway Center." However, Harbin added that he "did not consider the timing odd." Harbin: "The reason why the timing really didn't matter is, it doesn't change anything. The ownership, the controlling partner is changing, but that's it. Everything else stays status quo." Sonnone notes Bouchy played a "large role in bringing the league back and restructuring its finances after it ceased operations for the 2009 season" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 7/19).
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