Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Goodell, Mora, Leiweke Gettin' Their Climb On

by: Chris Sullivan

We've been hearing about it for awhile now, but the United Way climb up Mount Rainier with Jim Mora, Tod Leiweke and NFL Commish Roger Goodell is officially underway. Jerry Brewer has a nice write-up over at the Times including some interesting perspective from Goodell and Mora, it's worth a read.

Still, to me, this is more a story about the business prowess of Tod Leiweke a man who has largely gone under the radar. As CEO of the Seahawks, Leiweke was instrumental in firing Bob Whitsitt and replacing him with Tim Ruskell. Love Ruskell or not, it's hard to argue that he was in anyway a downgrade from Whitsitt. At any rate, I think this move to challenge Goodell could end up playing dividends in the coming years. The closer the relationship Goodell has with Seattle's management and the city itself, the more relevant the city and its team becomes in his mind. This can only help the Seahawks.

Additionally, this is a great opportunity for friendships to be formed between Goodell and Mora/Leiweke. I support it.

What do you guys think will happen here? Will the Hawks end up getting anything good out of this? I'm curious to hear your thoughts as we suffer through the offseason doldrums together.