Tod Leiweke

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Tod Leiweke (born January 12, 1960, in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American sports executive. He was hired on July 26, 2010, to become the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and minority owner of Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment including the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Tampa Bay Storm and Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Formerly, Leiweke was the Chief Executive Officer of the Seattle Seahawks National Football League team, owned by Paul Allen, and the Seattle Sounders FC Major League Soccer team, which Allen has a minority stake in. Leiweke also was the CEO of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment (VSE), a management company also owned by Allen which oversees Allen's sports-related properties.[1] Prior to his employment with Paul Allen, Leiweke had served as president of the Minnesota Wild, was the first executive director of The First Tee and had held executive positions with the PGA Tour, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Golden State Warriors.

Leiweke joined the Seahawks in 2003. In 2005, the team advanced to Super Bowl XL, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In 2007, he became acting president of the Portland Trail Blazers, replacing Steve Patterson. Vulcan Sports and Entertainment was created at that time.[2] Leiweke served as acting president until June 20 of that year, when the team named Larry Miller to be its president.

Leiweke was the key deciding factor in the firing of former Seattle Seahawks coach Jim L. Mora in January 2010,[3] and also was the main benefactor in the hiring of USC coach Pete Carroll.

Tod is the younger brother of Tim Leiweke,[4] president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

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Preceded by
Steve Patterson
Portland Trail Blazers President
2007 (interim)
Succeeded by
Larry Miller
Preceded by
Steve Patterson
Portland Trail Blazers General Manager
2007 (interim)
Succeeded by
Kevin Pritchard