NFL names Maryann Turcke COO in historic move

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The executive arm of the NFL is undergoing a change. The league announced Tuesday that Ted Leiweke is leaving the NFL and Maryann Turcke will replace him as Chief Operating Officer.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared the release, which notes Turcke is being promoted from President of NFL Media to COO.

“Since joining NFL Media last year, Maryann has distinguished herself by leading NFL Network to a record-setting year. We look forward to Maryann building upon this success, and her previous achievements as President of Bell Media, as she steps into this larger role,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reported in December 2017 that change could be coming to the league office, specifically noting Leiweke may have a significant role adjustment or be out entirely.

Turcke spent 12 years with Bell Media before joining the NFL in February 2017. She is now the highest-ranking official in NFL history.