Redskins face PR staff woes as new owner goes on firing spree

WASHINGTON, DC: The NFL’s Washington Redskins haven’t had much success on the field as of late. Now, the chaos has spread to the team’s PR operations.

WASHINGTON, DC: The NFL’s Washington Redskins haven’t had much success on the field as of late. Now, the chaos has spread to the team’s PR operations.

WASHINGTON, DC: The NFL’s Washington Redskins haven’t had much

success on the field as of late. Now, the chaos has spread to the team’s

PR operations.



Only two days after his purchase of the team was approved by NFL owners,

communications mogul Daniel Snyder fired a significant percentage of the

marketing and PR departments, including PR director Mike McCall. Former

Redskins PR veteran John Konoza was promptly hired to replace him, but

quit only three days into his tenure.



Konoza said the heavy travel schedule and absence from his family

motivated his abrupt about-face. ’I’m flattered (Snyder) chose me. It

was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,’ he said. Konoza will

return to his post as general manager at a car dealership.



Karl Swanson, a spokesman with Arnold Communications (which is owned by

Snyder), said there were several other candidates in the running, and

that a replacement will probably be named this week.



Konoza worked with the team during one of its glory eras, which included

several Super Bowl titles. He started as a PR intern in 1983 and by 1989

had risen to director of information.



Since 1991, he has served as the Redskins’ radio statistician, a role he

will likely retain.



Former Snyder employee Casey Husband has been hired to handle

publications.



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