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Navigating Sports Business

Mar 3, 2021

Tod Leiweke - CEO of the Seattle Kraken - is an accomplished sports executive with an impressive résumé and a compelling personal story. He has held leadership positions at the Seahawks, Sounders, Trail Blazers, Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment, and the NFL. He is also a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders.

This week's episode features a great conversation about Tod's path from being a child in St. Louis to becoming a sports industry leader. He and AJ also discuss the excitement and challenges of launching a new NHL team, and the vision that Tod has for the Kraken.



1:20 - Tod’s background

7:15 - Overcoming adversity 

12:30 - Tod’s experience with the NFL

16:55 - Renovating Climate Pledge Arena

21:20 - The return of the Supersonics

24:00 - Launching the Kraken

35:45 - Rapid Fire Questions


Tod's Book Recommendation 

Idea Man by Paul Allen