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Volume 26 No. 60
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Redskins See Exodus In Business Ops Since Brian Lafemina's Firing

Snyder (l) originally recruited Lafemina (r) from the league office to help retool the Redskins
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Roughly 40 Redskins business employees "have left the team" since Owner Dan Snyder fired President of Business Operations & COO Brian Lafemina last December, according to Les Carpenter of the WASHINGTON POST. The exodus is "roughly one-quarter of the organization’s non-football workers." The workers "came from all sides of the business operations, including suite sales, sponsorships, marketing, graphics and the website." Former employees said that the "majority of those who departed did so out of frustration over Lafemina’s removal." The former workers said that Lafemina’s arrival in May '18 had "brought hope of not only reversing a trend of sagging attendance and declining fan interest, but of changing a work culture they described as stagnant and dismissive of any opinion beyond that of a tiny handful of top executives." Many of the team's business employees "had been considering leaving the organization before Lafemina was hired, and were so inspired by his leadership style they put off job searches in the hope he could make a difference." The "majority of those who left were not people who were brought in by Lafemina when the team hired him." Instead, they were employees "ranging in employment from 11 months to 12 years" (WASHINGTON POST, 8/1). DC-based WJFK-FM first reported on this story several weeks ago. In addition, SBJ Publisher and Exec Editor Abe Madkour wrote about the implications of Lafemina's exit in January (THE DAILY).