Takes Over as CEO of the New Meadowlands Stadium Company
It has been considered one of the most elite job openings in sports, and while the NY Giants and Jets will be the benefactors, the St. Louis Cardinals will be seeing a seasoned vet leave their ranks.
Mark Lamping the president of the Cardinals is leaving to take the CEO position with the New Meadowlands Stadium Company, a $1.4 billion stadium project for the Giants and Jets of the NFL. In his place, the Cardinals become more of a family affair. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Lamping will be succeeded as president by Bill DeWitt III, the 40-year-old son of Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.
DeWitt III is currently the team's senior vice president for business development and is leading the task to get the downtown Ballpark Village real estate project off the ground. (Lamping hasn't been involved in the Ballpark Village planning).
Both DeWitts were unavailable for comment Thursday but will attend a noon news conference today to discuss the changes.
Highlights of Lampings career include:
— Hiring Walt Jocketty as general manager in 1995, which directly led to the hiring of manager Tony La Russa in 1996. The result was one of the most successful runs in franchise history: postseason appearances in 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006; World Series appearances in '04 and '06; and the World Series championship in '06. During the Jocketty-La Russa years, only the New York Yankees won more postseason games than did the Cardinals.
— The 1996 renovation of old Busch Stadium, a retro reshaping that included a return to natural grass and gave the synthetic, cookie-cutter ballpark an old-time baseball look and feel.
— Guiding a successful ownership transition from Anheuser-Busch to a consortium of investors led by Bill DeWitt Jr. in 1996.
— Overseeing virtually every aspect of the funding, development and construction of the new Busch Stadium, which opened to positive reviews in 2006.
Lowlights of Lampings career include:
— Lamping led an often-contentious battle to secure public financing for the new Busch Stadium. The effort largely failed, and Cardinals owners ended up paying for about 75 percent of the project, though they benefited from tax breaks secured by Lamping.
— The controversial move from traditional radio broadcast partner KMOX to KTRS following the 2005 season. At the time, the switch upset many longtime listeners of Cardinals games.
— As the team's popularity and player payroll grew, the cost of tickets went up, and part of that was an expensive personal-seat-license program at the new Busch. This led to complaints that the Cardinals were squeezing out modest-income and low-income fans
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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