Most of the time, when a coach or exec leaves a team in the National Football League, the team looks to someone inside of the NFL for a replacement. The Seattle Seahawks, though, decided to look at another professional sports team for their latest exec replacement. News sites are reporting that the team is adding Peter McLoughlin as their new CEO, replacing departing CEO Tod Leiweke. McLoughlin is currently the CEO of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League.
McLoughlin has been the CEO of the St. Louis Blues Enterprises since 2006. He was brought on to manage the Blues’ business operations like sales, marketing and finance. In his years since joining the Blues, his strategies have helped the team sell out many home games. Prior to his time in the NHL, McLoughlin spent more than two decades with Anheuser-Busch, which led to experience working in sports marketing campaigns. One of his roles at Anheuser-Busch was as their Vice President of Corporate Media.
His experience in sports extends before his time with Anheuser-Busch, because he also worked as senior unit manager at NBC Sports earlier in his career. In addition to his role as the Blues’ CEO, the Harvard graduate is also on the board of directors for the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, Regional Business council, United Way of St. Louis, Boy Scouts of the Greater St. Louis Area and St. Louis Sports Commission. According to NFL.com, McLoughlin will also fill in for Leiweke to help with Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer, where Leiweke was the CEO.
While the business side of the Seahawks may be focused on a new CEO, those with Seattle Seahawks tickets are more concerned with what is happening on the field. For the Seahawks, they have already had to deal with two injuries within the first two weeks of the season. The first came with right guard Max Unger injured his toe in the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. The injury landed him on injured reserve and ended his season. Unger was the team’s second-round draft pick from 2009, and he started every game in 2009. Evan Dietrich-Smith was behind Unger in the depth chart, and the Seahawks also resigned guard Mansfield Wrotto to fill his spot on the roster.
The team will also be without linebacker Leroy Hill, but perhaps not for the entire season. Following the Week Two loss to the Denver Broncos, the Seahawks announced that Hills suffered an Achilles’ tendon injury. The Seahawks are staying mum on his possible return, but did say it wouldn’t be anytime soon. Hill was out of the first game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers because of a suspension from the league. Hill has been with the Seahawks since he entered the league in 2005 and has been a starter ever since. In his career, he has tallied 375 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 11 passes defended and six forced fumbles. The team has David Hawthorn and Will Herring to fill in at outside linebacker.
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