The president and chief executive officer of the Portland Trail Blazers is soon going to be a very busy man.
Chris McGowan, who was served in that capacity for the Trail Blazers since 2012, was named Monday the CEO of Paul Allen's Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, overseeing the business operations of all VSE sports franchises and facilities, which include the Seattle Seahawks, the Trail Blazers, CenturyLink Field, WaMu Theater and Moda Center. Vulcan also named Chuck Arnold as president of the Seahawks.
“Chris and Chuck have produced excellent results for their organizations for many years, and I know VSE and the Seahawks are in good hands under their leadership,” said Allen in a statement on the Seahawks' website.
McGowan said he will not move to Seattle and will continue his duties as president and CEO with the Trail Blazers.
"It's a great new role for me," McGowan said on a media conference call. "Becoming the CEO of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment -- there is no other better job in sports when you think of the teams it represents.
"I will still be heavily involved with the Blazers. Obviously that's a huge priority. We have a great management team in Portland.
"We’re really financially healthy in Portland. We have been the last several years."
McGowan was asked about the advantages of having the Seattle and Portland-based business operations tied closer together under one leader.
There are opportunities when you run things together," he said. "This is an unbelievable platform if we operate things together."
"A couple thoughts there," he said. "Sponsorships. You can talk to brands about multiple platforms…. And it also helps in recruiting and maintaining employees in the organization. There may be someone who has a better opportunity for growth in one of the other organizations. There will be good opportunities for people.
"And then live entertainment. We have music venues in both cities. There are economies of scale… a lot of interesting opportunities I get excited about."