B.C. Lions Football Club president Dennis Skulsky announced today he'll leave the job  and enter "semi-retirement" next month, to spend more time with his wife and grandchildren.

Skulsky joined the Lions in 2010, following a long career in the media industry, including publisher of the Vancouver Sun and Province, and president and CEO of Canwest Publishing, which was the largest newspaper chain in Canada before entering bankruptcy and selling off assets.

Skulsky called his role with the Lions a "dream job," and coach Wally Buono said in a statement he "could not have asked for a better working partner than Dennis Skulsky."

"I will miss his unequaled passion and support of our efforts to build great teams," Buono wrote.

One notable — if enthusiastic — misstep during his time as president was promising fans free tickets to a Lions game if the team didn't beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders at a home game in 2014. The Lions lost 26-13, leaving the team on the hook for up to 33,196 free tickets.

Skulsky's new role as vice-chairman will still see him spending a quarter of his time with the club, representing the Lions in the local business community, on strategic projects and as an advisor to team owner David Braley, according to a news release.