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Football Edmonton Eskimos president Len Rhodes not seeking another term

Len Rhodes speaks to reporters in November, 2012.

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Len Rhodes won’t be seeing another term as the Edmonton Eskimos president and chief executive officer.

Board chairman Brad Sparrow made the announcement Monday. Rhodes will leave the CFL club Feb. 20.

“During Len’s seven-year tenure leading this organization, he has made significant contributions and has brought considerable success to this team and the city,” Sparrow said in a statement. “His hard work, perseverance and commitment to the team and the community have been admirable, and our board of directors wish to thank Len for his positive contributions.”

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Rhodes said his desire is to “pursue other opportunities.”

“This (2019) was scheduled to be the final year of my Eskimos contract,” Rhodes said. “Through the course of several recent conversations, it became clear to me that I want to pursue other opportunities.

“The board and I felt it would be best if I left the organization now rather than at the end of 2019 to allow the football club to establish a plan to move forward. I will forever cherish my experience with this community-owned organization.”

During Rhodes’ tenure, the Eskimos posted a 68-58 record and appeared in 12 playoff games, winning the 2015 Grey Cup.

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