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NFL Exec VP/Communications Lockhart Stepping Down After Super Bowl

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 19 / 18

NFL Exec VP/Communications Joe Lockhart is stepping down after two years on the job and the league has hired Korn Ferry to conduct a search for his replacement. He will stay on through Super Bowl LII. Lockhart in a note to his staff wrote he is leaving to spend time commentating on politics and to...

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

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