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Tim Leiweke

Leiweke sticking around as MLSE boss


Last weekend Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment had found their replacement for out going president and CEO, Tim Leiweke.

However, there appears to be a change in plans as MLSE announced on Friday that Leiweke will remain in his role past June 30.

“It’s a privilege to work with the incredible MLSE team, and it’s a very positive time to be at the company,” said Leiweke in a statement. “We’ve accomplished great things together. I’m happy to be here as long as I’m needed while the organization works to find the right leader to carry the momentum forward.”

MLSE, which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs among others, was expected to announce the hiring of John Cassaday to replace Leiweke this week.

According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, negotiations on compensation with Cassaday became an issue after the Mike Babcock signing.

Cassaday recently retired as president and CEO of Toronto-based radio and television broadcaster, Corus Entertainment.

Leiweke joined MLSE in April 2013 on a reported five-year contract, but was scheduled to leave the company on June 30.

Report: John Cassaday to replace Tim Leiweke as MLSE president and CEO


According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, John Cassaday appears to be the man to replace out-going Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke.

Leiweke, who joined MLSE in April 2013 on a reported five-year contract, is scheduled to leave the company on June 30.

MLSE is the parent company of the Toronto Maple Leafs among others.

Cassaday recently retired as president and CEO of Toronto-based radio and television broadcaster, Corus Entertainment.

“Cassaday is a proven leader,” said a person close to the MLSE board told TSN’s Rick Westhead in October. “He has handled a publicly traded company in Corus, its board and family ownership issues flawlessly. He is stable. A sure hand on the tiller. And he’s mature and knows how to manage divisions and factions within a company. And he’s Canadian and probably is looking for a change before he retires.”

Westhead reports Cassaday’s deal with MLSE could be in the neighborhood of $2.5 million per year, plus bonuses on a three-year deal.

Former Madison Square Garden executive Hank Ratner, NHL executive John Collins and former CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon were all reportedly candidates for the job.

MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum told The Globe and Mail “We’re close” when asked about naming a replacement for Leiweke on Thursday.

Cassaday could be announced as early as next week.

Report: Leiweke to head up Olympic bid in Los Angeles

Tim Leiweke

A day after it was confirmed that Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment President and CEO Tim Leiweke would leave the organization by June 2015, we may have more clarity on the 57-year-old’s next move.

According to TSN’s Gord Miller, reports have Leiweke is going back to Los Angeles to head up an Olympic bid for 2024, which would also include an NFL stadium.

Leiweke, who joined MLSE in June 2013, moved to Toronto after holding a similar role with AEG, which owns the Los Angeles Kings and Staples Center among others.


Leafs CEO Leiweke wants Toronto to host all major NHL events in 2017

Tim Leiweke

When 2017 rolls around, it’ll mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the team’s CEO wants to celebrate it in style.

Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke wants Toronto to play host to the Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Game and NHL Draft in 2017 to help celebrate the organization’s birthday as Luke Fox at Sportsnet shared.

“It’s not a splash. I just think Toronto—it’s our 100th anniversary, and this is the greatest hockey city on Earth. I think we owe it to our fans. And we’re telling the league that they owe it to our fans,” Leiweke said. “They don’t disagree, but we’ve got to go through a process to win it. I think we’ll win it. I think we’ll get there. But we got to go bid on it.”

The issue with the Winter Classic hopes rest with the lack of an available stadium to play host. Rogers Center, home of the Toronto Blue Jays and Argonauts, isn’t available and BMO Field, home of the MLS’ Toronto FC, currently isn’t large enough for the Winter Classic. MLSE has gotten $10 million from the City of Toronto to help with expansion but construction has yet to begin. There’s also a host of other teams that would like to host the Winter Classic. Toronto may have a hard time nailing that one down.

As for the All-Star Game and NHL Draft, the Leafs only have to look to what the league did for the Montreal Canadiens in 2009 as that franchise celebrated it’s 100th anniversary. Bell Centre played host to both the All-Star Game and draft that year.

Toronto would also like to play host for the World Cup of Hockey but that event hasn’t even been made official yet. If/when that gets nailed down, it’s likely going to take place in 2016 and Toronto will very likely play host to part of it.

Report: Kings owner thinking of selling franchise

Philip Anschutz

While the Los Angeles Kings are busy in the Stanley Cup Final, the team owner may be looking to cash in on the team’s success and cash out while they’re riding high.

According to Josh Kosman of the New York Post, Kings owner Philip Anschutz is considering selling the franchise he’s owned since 1995 once the Cup Final is over. Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) has denied the report, however, but talk of selling the team isn’t new.

Anschutz attempted to sell AEG and all of its holdings back in 2012. Anschutz later called off the bidding on the team last spring and, then President and CEO, Tim Leiweke left the franchise and took the same job with the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

It’s believed the recent sale of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion is the inspiration for the latest talk of selling the Kings. Forbes listed the value of the Kings at $450 million in 2013.