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Friday, October 7, 2005
Another Hornets exec resigns

Associated Press

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 leaving.

McDougall couldn't be reached for comment.

Last Saturday, Allan Bristow resigned as general manager, citing health concerns.

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.