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NFL COO Tod Leiweke steps down, expected to join brother on NHL Seattle team

Tod Leiweke has been a key figure in running Seattle sports teams. (AP)

A move within the NFL will result in a big step forward as Seattle works to secure an NHL team.

In a letter dated March 13, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Chief Operating Officer Tod Leiweke resigned. Leiweke is the brother of Tim Leiweke, the CEO of the Seattle arena investment group currently pushing for an NHL expansion team in Seattle.

Tod Leiweke will be named as part of NHL Seattle’s executive team by early April, sources tell KIRO Radio reporter Mike Lewis. He will likely be named general manager, president, or both.

Tod Leiweke is no stranger to Seattle sports. He was the president of the Seattle Seahawks from 2003 to 2010, before leaving to be president of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He also oversaw the launch of Sounders FC, “which just might be the best expansion-franchise rollout in U.S. history,” 710 ESPN’s Danny O’Neil tweeted.

Seattle’s hockey future gets brighter with Tod Leiweke leaving NFL