Lightning CEO Leiweke leaving team to join NFL

Tod Leiweke is leaving the Lightning to become the NFL's COO. AP Photo

Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke resigned Friday to take a position with the NFL. Leiweke will become the NFL’s COO, according to a Lightning press release. Lightning Chairman Jeff Vinik said Lightning President Steve Griggs will take over as CEO.

Leiweke worked for the Lightning for five years. “During that time, the Lightning has become one of the NHL’s top franchises, winning the Eastern Conference Championship and advancing to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015 while reaching new heights off the ice,” the team said in the press release.

Griggs worked for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the Minnesota Wild and the Orlando Magic before joining the Lightning. “While I am saddened that a good friend and mentor is leaving the Lightning for the National Football League, I’d like to thank him for all his work in positioning the franchise for continued excellence as we move forward … Tod is the best operator is team sports and he led an inspirational five-year brand and business transformation of the organization – we’ll work hard to maintain the great track that Tod has set down for the team and the Tampa Bay community,” Griggs said in a release.

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