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Tod Leiweke, Pete Carroll's boss, is leaving NFL's Seattle Seahawks for NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning

July 26, 2010 | 10:44 am

Leiweke_200 Tod Leiweke, who orchestrated the deal to bring Pete Carroll to Seattle, is leaving his job as chief executive of the Seahawks to become CEO and part owner of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, NFL sources have told The Times.

Leiweke on Monday informed Seahawks staff of his decision.

Prior to joining the Seahawks in 2003, Leiweke served as president of the Minnesota Wild and held executive positions with the PGA Tour, Vancouver Canucks and Golden State Warriors. He is the brother of Tim Leiweke, chief executive of Anschutz Entertainment Group and president of Staples Center and the L.A. Kings.

Sources say Leiweke plans to remain with the Seahawks in the short term while the club selects a successor.

-- Sam Farmer

Photo: Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke, right, talks with General Manager John Schneider in June. Credit: Ted S. Warren / Associated Press