Former NFL COO Tod Leiweke joins Seattle NHL effort as team president, CEO

Former NFL Chief Operating Officer Tod Leiweke was once viewed as possible option to take over as NFL Commissioner should league owners have decided to make a change with Roger Goodell.

Instead, Leiweke left the league last month after three years in his position to return to Seattle and help lead an effort for a National Hockey League expansion franchise in the city. Leiweke was officially named as team president and Chief Executive Officer of the effort by prospective owners David Bonderman and film producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

Leiweke’s brother, Tim, has spearheaded an effort to renovate KeyArena at Seattle Center to serve as a home for the franchise.

Leiweke previously spent seven years in Seattle as CEO of the Seahawks under Paul Allen. He joined the franchise in 2003 and led the charge to hire current head coach Pete Carroll away from USC after a disastrous 2009 season under head coach Jim Mora. After getting Carroll and General Manager John Schneider in place, Leiweke left Seattle to become a part of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s ownership group before moving to the NFL league office in 2015.

With more than two weeks to go until the draft begins, look for plenty of other rumors and reports and stuff that otherwise will give people something to talk about. Then, once the picks start to be made, we can collectively forget about all the hypothetical chatter from before the draft and focus on the actual assignments of players to teams, pick by pick through all seven rounds.

When his command is strong like it is today and the velo came back in a big way, it made for an incredible outing, said Phillies manager Gabe Kapler. If he’s a mid-range version of himself, he’s a very good starting pitcher. And if he’s a little bit better, he’s unhittable.

In Arrieta’s first two starts, he saw a small number of swings and misses. That changed on Thursday, striking out the first two batters on his way to 10 Ks and his 14 th career double-digit strikeout game.

Right away in the bullpen, everything was hard and moving down, said catcher Jorge Alfaro. He made it easy and fun. Just put a finger down and he hit the glove.

Francesco Cervelli recorded the only hit off Arrieta – and one of two for the Pirates in the game – with an infield single in the second.

Arrieta, who has pitched two no-hitters in his career said he felt almost as good as he did on those occasions.

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