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
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