ALSD Visionary Award Recipient joins the NFL as COO

Tod Leiweke resigned last month as the CEO of the Tampa Bay Lightning to become the COO of the National Football League. To replace Leiweke, team president Steve Griggs will now also assume the role of chief executive.

Leiweke leaves quite a legacy in Tampa Bay, having served his executive role for the past five years under team owner Jeff Vinik. In that time, Amalie Arena underwent a considerable renovation which brought its amenities up to modern standards, sales increases now rank the team as one of the tops in the NHL, and on the ice, the team reached the Stanley Cup Finals earlier this year. Leiweke was also instrumental in Mr. Vinik’s plans for a massive redevelopment of areas around Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa.

Last month at the 25th Anniversary ALSD Conference and Tradeshow, Leiweke was celebrated as our 2015 Visionary Award Recipient. We wish Tod the best of luck in this exciting next phase of his career.

To learn more about Tod Leiweke, read ALSD Editorial Director Jared Frank’s interview with Tod from earlier this year, when the two sat down for a casual and candid conversation on the sports and entertainment industry.

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