D.C. United is having a busy day. Just hours after officially announcing new USL affiliate Loudoun United FC, D.C. announced the departure of Tom Hunt, the club’s president of business operations.
Hunt is leaving to be executive vice president of business operations for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, according to the washington Post. Hunt previously worked for the Kings “overseeing sponsorships and premium ticket sales” from 2005-11, according to his bio on D.C. United’s website.
“We want to thank Tom for his years of service and commitment to the club,” Jason Levien, D.C. United general managing partner and CEO, said. “He was a valued part of the team that turned the opening of our new world class home, Audi Field, into a historic success. He was a key leader in securing vital partnerships that have led to unprecedented growth for our organization. We wish him all the best moving forward.”
After joining the club in March 2014 from Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards and WNBA’s Washington Mystics. Hunt quickly took on a lead role in D.C. United’s new stadium project at Audi Field. Hunt was also instrumental in creating and presenting United’s new crest, unveiled in 2015.
“When I joined D.C. United four-and-half years ago, our mission was to transform the business and the brand, with a laser focus on growing the fan base and delivering a world class stadium the District deserved,” Tom Hunt said. “It has been a privilege to work alongside the entire D.C. United family to see these goals realized. It’s certainly an exciting time to be a part of the Black-and-Red community!”
Most recently, Hunt came under scrutiny as tensions rose between the club and two of the three supporters groups, La Barra Brave and District Ultras. The move was not a result of the rising tensions, according to Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
The Kings have hired him in the newly created role of Executive Vice President of Business Operations. He worked there 2005-2011.
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) July 18, 2018
Levien and ticketing officials met with leaders of the La Barra Brava earlier this week and talks are ongoing with the supporters group.
Thank you to Jason Levien and the ticketing staff for meeting with us earlier today. Talks are ongoing and @dcunited said they will follow up with us by Friday. We will keep everyone updated as appropriate.
— Barra Brava (@Barra_Brava) July 17, 2018
United also announced that Chris Hull will join the club as a senior advisor in communications and business operations earlier this week. Hull has been with the club for the last two weeks helping with the opening of Audi Field, Wayne Rooney and an influx of media. Hull previously worked as head of communications at The Football League in England.