Leiweke sticking around as MLSE boss

6 Comments

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.