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from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
And then, every once in a while, something floats along to worsen the symptoms, and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has seemingly obliged. It was revealed Thursday that the semi-monopolist sporting giant has filed an injunction against Ryerson University and the grocery chain Loblaws, who after a long period of negotiation are redeveloping Maple Leaf Gardens. And MLSE wants changes to how the whole thing is proceeding, including a cessation of the university’s ability to call Maple Leaf Gardens “Maple Leaf Gardens.”
So, no, this doesn’t look particularly good.
And far be it for me to defend MLSE, since I generally view them as a giant cash vacuum that siphons an awful lot of money out of this town for what are inarguably pretty meagre results. It’s just business, MLSE people will always tell you. Sometimes, they don’t mean it as a compliment.
From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail:
Peddie, the president of MLSE, confirmed this week “we’ve slowed down the search” for a new president, although he declined to offer any more details.
Picking a new president may seem a minor concern to those celebrating the potential departure of an outfit long-vilified for wanting all of the perquisites of owning a public trust like the Toronto Maple Leafs and none of the responsibility. But this should be a big deal, not only to Leafs fans but the fans of all the teams owned by MLSE (the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, AHL’s Toronto Marlies and Toronto FC of the MLS).
Peddie’s official retirement date is the end of December, but he could actually take his leave (with a nice fat consultant’s contract in hand, I’ll bet) by July 1. MLSE’s fiscal year-end is June 30, and Peddie has the company purring smoothly – at least as far as money matters are concerned – so it would make sense to put the new fellow in place when the new financial year starts.
from Michael Grange and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
“This notion MLSE doesn’t want to win is bull,” says Brian Burke, the president and general manager of the Leafs. Burke is 22 months into a six-year, $19.5-million (U.S.) contract, awarded with the expectation that he’ll deliver a Stanley Cup to Toronto as he did with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.
“They gave me complete support and independence and have given me the resources to fix it,” Burke says. “If we can’t turn this thing around, you can blame me. It’s the best-run company I’ve ever worked for. I’m proud to work for MLSE, I’m proud to work for Richard Peddie.”
Fans have no choice but to take Burke’s word for it, but the problems on the ice, floor and field seem to drown out his defiance.
What price losing? Have Greater Toronto Area sports fans finally had enough?
From Canwest News via the Leader Post,
Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment might be zeroing in on a third-tier British soccer side as the Toronto-based sports conglomerate looks to expand internationally.
The owners of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, NBA’s Toronto Raptors, Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC and the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies are in talks about purchasing Leeds United, according to a report in the Sunday Mirror, a British newspaper. The newspaper cited unnamed sources close to MLSE.
*The original report can be read in the UK paper, Sunday Mirror.
From Ed Willes at The Province,
As anyone who’s seen an Oliver Stone movie can tell you, it’s now clear that Wednesday’s TSN report was the first act in a sequence of events which will inevitably lead to Brian Burke and Dave Nonis reuniting in Toronto to run the Maple Leafs.
I mean, who would argue differently? The crack management team at Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment has long since targeted Burke as the man who would be king of their empire. Nonis, his close confederate and former first lieutenant with the Vancouver Canucks, has recently been made available amid an equally interesting set of circumstances.
Put it all together and the inescapable conclusion is Nonis has been approached to serve as a caretaker GM in Toronto while Burke completes the last year of his contract with the Anaheim Ducks. The two allies will then resume their working relationship in the Big Smoke in 2009-10 with Burke running the show and Nonis serving as his No. 2 and that will wrap up everything in a nice, neat package.
continued… and as Willes goes on to note, there’s some problems with this theory.
Update 3:44pm ET: Jim Kelly at Sports Illustrated doesn’t think the idea is as crazy as it seems.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Richard Peddie will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour hosted by Gary Bettman.
The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement.
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.