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St. Louis Blues CEO headed to Seattle

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm with 16 Comments »
September 22, 2010 3:54 pm

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that St. Louis Blues CEO Peter McLoughlin is leaving the team to take a executive position with the Seattle Seahawks.

So it appears the Seahawks may have found their replacement for departing CEO Tod Leiweke, and dipped into the NHL ranks once again to do so.

UPDATE: The Seahawks have not confirmed this report, but did say that announcement will be made regarding the position at a press conference tomorrow morning.

According to this report, McLoughlin oversaw business operations of the Blues and Scottrade Center, including sales, marketing and finance.

Check out McLoughlin’s bio here. I’m headed out to practice. I’ll have more later.

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  1. A hockey guy? No football guys are qualified?

  2. I know they aren’t going to be making football decisions like the Duke Boy and Mr. Happy, but still…

  3. Dukeshire says:

    He sort of looks like Largent. Hopefully his politics don’t resemble them for snydro’s sake.

  4. hambone08 says:

    Looks like a picture for an ambulance chaser you’d see on the back rest of a bus stop bench…j/k

  5. “McLoughlin has been integral in restoring the Blues’ brand in St. Louis and throughout the NHL community.”

    After a miserable year of Mora, and some more losses like Sunday’s debacle in Denver to be expected this season, McLoughlin has quite a marketing job to do for this team. But if PC gets a few more wins this year and Schneider finds a pass rusher and QB next offseason, McLoughlin’s job should be a piece of cake.

  6. and I’m glad they are hiring a guy who has run a sports franchise, rather than hiring a fan favorite like Steve Largent.

  7. freedom_X says:

    His main job is to be a “suit.” Make financial decisions. Advertise. Market. Make sure the insurance plan is up-to-date. Get parking improvements. Set up relationships with other businesses, and govt. leaders, so when the Seahawks need things from the community, they’ve got a better chance of making it happen.

    That’s a small fraction of what a guy like that does, and someone has to do it. Teams that don’t end up, lose money, community support, and look pathetic. Take a look at the Raiders.

    The product (football) is the most important aspect, but that’s what Carroll and co. are there to handle. The rest, you want in the hands of the most competent person possible.

    This is particularly true the way Paul Allen has structured his org. Football for football related tasks, suits for business related tasks. He doesn’t have to find a renaissance man who is good at both. Maybe that’s one reason Holmgren didn’t want to come to Seattle – Holmgren may have wanted to have a finger in both pies, and Allen wanted the two separate.

    It’s why it was ridiculous that people who ran out of scapegoats after Ruskell got canned, looked to Leiweke as their new whipping boy. Even if he hired Ruskell and that was a mistake, Leiweke didn’t have much to do with the on-field product after that. And I guarantee you Paul Allen had plenty on input in approving Ruskell (he’s not the Nintendo guy delegating the whole sports team to some trusted lieutenant, as the Mora firing proved.)

  8. freedom_X says:

    Think of hockey as an entry-level pro sports business job. They probably tend take chances on younger, less proven people due to their smaller budgets, and you’re going to uncover gems from time to time that’ll be interested in moving upwards.

    Also, maybe Allen has connections to the hockey world, or Leiweke helped out there too.

  9. tylakewalker says:

    Yes, I would be interested to know how much influence Leiweke had on the decision to hire McLoughlin , if any.

  10. snydro22 says:

    Leiweke was supposed to be in charge of the hiring process, so I’d imagine he had something to do with it..

    This is a great hire on paper. As my daughter would say, “lub it!”

  11. SharkHawk says:

    This guy is a baaaaad choice. Take it from a former season ticket holder of a Dave Checketts owned team. This is a “Checketts guy” and they wouldn’t know proper marketing or fan relations if it bit them on the ass. Checketts is a fool and he only hires “yes men” who will jump on all sources of revenue possible. That means look for a steady rise in ticket prices and if you think you see too many ads now… wait for what will hit you in short order. Trust me guys. Not a good hire. A complete hire based on “results” that he I am sure can show on a pie chart. But the real results is a complete alienation of a fan base and many people being priced out of sporting events. If that’s what you’re looking for, then this is your guy.

    I always thought the Leiweke brothers pretty much sucked at everything but getting their own names in the paper. This guy is just more of the same. I thought the team might take a bit different tact and gone after somebody who had some football/business expertise. Then they apparently veer away from Largent due to the political stuff. But instead they hire a guy who was in bed with Rush Limbaugh and that whole mess that was attempting to take over the Rams. Is that who we really need? He is a polarizing figure, and I’m sure you’ll see what I mean in short order unfortunately. The organization he came from is a mess. They are the same people that basically demolished the Madison Square Garden company, the Knicks, etc. Checketts is a mess, and the folks who work for him ALWAYS reflect his same core beliefs…. squeeze every last penny out of the fan that you possibly can. Sure most organizations do that, but they are at least sneaky about it. Checketts guys just go for it full bore and make the fanbase angry in the process.

  12. nighthawk2 says:

    I still don’t see why a football team needs a “CEO”. But why hire a guy who comes from hockey (again) and doesn’t have a clue about football (again)? The current crew running this ship apparently just can’t appreciate the only Seahawk in the Hall of Fame enough to hire him for this job.

  13. surelyyoujest says:

    SharkHawk, don’t be so wishy-washy. Do you like the guy or not ?

    Open mind here until I see him in action.

  14. snydro22 says:

    SharkHawk and NightHawk both consistently hate everything, so take what they say with a grain of salt.

  15. SharkHawk says:

    I don’t hate everything. I think you’re a raging dork. But that doesn’t mean I hate you. I have dealt with the Checketts mess for years. Have you Syndro? NO… but you think you know everything. I gave Mr. Checketts and his consortium quite a lot of money for 8 season tickets to one of his franchises last year. Did you? Didn’t think so. Do you have any personal knowlege or experience with his group? I didn’t think so. I’ve known Dave Checketts for over 25 years. Have you? Didn’t think so. I worked with his family for several years as well about 12 years ago. Did you? Didn’t think so. Am I talking out of my butt like you do? Maybe. But maybe… just MAYBE I have firsthand knowledge and am well aware of his business sense, the way he runs things, the people he hires, and the ultimate result of his power structure and decision making with each organization he has run since the 80’s. So I feel that makes my views valid… at least on this particular situation.

    But congratulations anyway.

    The difference between us is that I don’t comment on everything. Only on things that I have personal knowledge of. If you see hate coming across, then it is only based on my own personal experiences with something and therefore I have something to add. I don’t just post to post like some do. I don’t post to try to get people to come over to my blog or my site. Some do. I add something when I feel I have something to add to the conversation. Others who won’t be named post because they feel that people really truly give a crap what they think, and I think they love to see their words on a website. I think deep down they seriously think that somehow they’re like a web celebrity or something. It’s a bit disturbing.

    But anyway… have a good day. I hope I’m not as stupid as everybody else. But I know that you think I am. Congrats. Tell us how great you are once again, because it never gets old. Just like Dave talking about pitch counts.

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