OKLAHOMA CITY -- The New Orleans Hornets' chief marketing
officer has become the second executive to resign his position,
officials said Friday.
Team president Paul Mott confirmed the departure of Tim
McDougall, who was hired by the team to increase ticket sales. Mott
didn't say why McDougall, who was with the team for 6 1/2 months, was
McDougall couldn't be reached for comment.
Last Saturday, Allan Bristow resigned as general manager, citing
Mott said the team's relocation from New Orleans to Oklahoma
City because of Hurricane Katrina has been difficult for some of
the team's employees.
"During this time of great change and uncertainty, there have
been a number of people who have not opted to come to Oklahoma
City," Mott said. "Some who couldn't bring themselves to leave
Louisiana in a time of great need. Others had family and things
that made the decision to come to Oklahoma City very hard."
McDougall overhauled the team's sales operations, prompting the
closure of regional ticket offices in Baton Rouge, Mandeville and
Houma in Louisiana and Biloxi, Miss.
Before going to the Hornets, McDougall spent four seasons as
vice president of marketing with the Houston Rockets, Houston
Comets (WNBA) and Toyota Center and was responsible for the
supervision of marketing and promotions, media relations,
broadcasting and community relations.
Tim Hinchey, recently hired as senior vice president of
corporate development, now will oversee marketing, branding and
ticket sales, Mott said.