Paul Allen today announced the appointment of Peter McLoughlin as president of the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC, and First & Goal Inc.
McLoughlin will replace Tod Leiweke, who is leaving to become a part-owner and executive of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. In his new role, McLoughlin will be responsible for all business operations, sales and marketing, sponsorship, administration and operations of Seattle’s football and soccer franchises.
Seahawks fans shouldn’t notice any difference on Sundays; McLoughlin will not influence football-related decisions and will likely follow the blueprint left by Leiweke.
McLoughlin has spent the past four years working with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues and has known Tod Leiweke for roughly 15 years. Leiweke assisted in the search for his replacement.
From the team’s official press release:
“Peter is a bright, proven leader who believes as I do that the fans always come first and understands the importance of community,” Allen said. “He is experienced in all aspects of the business side of sports.
“Peter joins a very capable leadership team with General Manager John Schneider and Executive Vice President of Football Operations & Head Coach Pete Carroll. He is the best fit for the job to continue the growth of the Seahawks and Sounders FC.”Allen is the sole owner of the Seahawks and a minority owner of the Sounders FC, the MLS team now in its second season.
As president of the Seahawks, McLoughlin will report to Allen and be in charge of all financial and business operations of the team. Schneider and Carroll report to Allen for football operations and to McLoughlin for budgetary and finance issues.