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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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