Gone: Rivermen president quits
By DAVE EMINIAN
of the Journal Star
Posted Jul 08, 2008 @ 11:28 AM
Last update Jul 08, 2008 @ 12:56 PM
PEORIA â€” Bart Rogers helped steer the Peoria Rivermen through troubled waters and complete the team's sale to the St. Louis Blues this week.
But on Tuesday, he said bon voyage.
The Rivermen president, and architect of a marketing plan that saved the franchise last spring, abruptly resigned, stunning the Blues and their New York based parent company, SCP Worldwide.
Rogers will be president and general manager of indoor football's Bloomington Extreme, and serve as chief administrative officer of Central Illinois Arena Management, the management firm that runs Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
He will partner there with Mike Nelson and John Butler, both former Rivermen front office execs.
"I wanted to see the Rivermen sale through to the end, I felt I owed that to Bruce Saurs and the fanbase," Rogers said. "I will miss the Rivermen terribly. But as the new ownership came into place, there were some uncertainties I wasn't comfortable with. The opportunity in Bloomington, in terms of salary, benefits, security, is something I just couldn't turn down."