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Jason Rowley Named New Phoenix Suns President; NBA Schedule Released | Other

In an already busy offseason with lots of roster turnover, the Suns front office will have a different look come next season. Brad Casper stepped down as president of the Suns and now former Chief Operating Officer Jason Rowley took over his position, the organization announced on Thursday.

Here are some comments by Casper, who plans to seek other business ventures.

“I enjoyed my time with the Suns,” said Casper in the release. “It was a wonderful opportunity for me, but ultimately serving the Suns while continuing to juggle a portfolio of other business interests became too much.  I’m grateful to have worked with so many gifted professionals and I look forward to cheering on the team next season.”

A law degree recipient from the University of Arizona and a former member of the US Navy, Rowley took the COO post last October. Over that time, he dealt with Suns business moves which included operations, broadcasting, legal issues and arena operations at US Airways Center. He was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for four years prior to that.

Besides the shakup in the front office, the NBA released the Suns for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. Phoenix will have five nationally televised games; two on TNT, one on ESPN and the other two on NBATV.

The Suns will open the season against the Golden State Warriors on Halloween night. Their first reunion against Steve Nash and the Lakers will be on Nov. 18 in Los Angeles. Nash's return to Phoenix will be on Jan. 30.

For the complete Suns schedule, visit the team's official web site.