Were there, and have there been, miscalculations and investments made in individual players that proved faulty? Absolutely. That's pretty bloody obvious, wouldn't you say?
But unless Larry Tanenbaum is saying those decisions were deliberately made in order to make it impossible for the team to prosper, its very difficult to understand what this apology is for. Unless he's saying the front office knew Ron Wilson would steer the team into a ditch and retained him as head coach anyway, or reveals an internal memo warning that James Reimer would be unable to stay healthy the entire season, what does sorry mean? Truth is, he's saying he and MLSE believe in the plan, which means they actually don't believe at all there was any flaw in their thinking.
Is it for not winning the Stanley Cup since 1967? Well, Tanenbaum and those that own the team can hardly take responsibility for all of that. For missing the post-season since 2004? Sure, except they've overhauled the team and management in the intervening years, ostensibly to try and produce a more successful squad, and they did so while being told it would take years to get back on a winning track.
See, MLSE is mixing up the need for an explanation with an apology. They don't need to say sorry. They need to honestly articulate that what went wrong.
And they're never, ever going to do that. Apologizing is much, much easier.
Understand, sorry is just way to avoid having to explain. That's what your 13-year-old is hoping for when he breaks a basement window and quickly apologizes, and why he gets such a pained look on his face when you say, "Well, what were you thinking?"
If I were a Leaf fan, I'd be offended by this corporate missive disguised as sincerity. The only thing Tanenbaum should be sorry about is paying a PR flack or consultant to come up with this pointless corporate strategy. Don't tell me you're sorry. Offer me a refund. Or tell me how it went wrong in meaningful detail and what organizational and personnel changes you're going to make to deal with the problem.
"We failed, and I apologize for years of consistently putting the needs of our shareholders ahead of our hockey fans. Today, because of that, I want to announce the following organizational decisions effective immediately and a reduction in ticket prices of 25 per cent across the board for next season. . . . . "
But the fans didn't hear that from Tanenbaum, did they?
Good point, but he isn't a good enough writer to get his message through to everyone. I feel MLSE's season end message should be more than sorry. It should have stated why we should continue to watch the garbage they ice for the past couple of years. In other words mention what went wrong and how they have changed there approach for future success, as well as some compensation for the teams performance since the lockout, because unlike other teams who are pressured to rebuild they are still selling out and don't really feel the pinch.
He's right and all of the people here ripping on Cox didn't even read the article, or are tryhards
I agree. There was nothing wrong with this piece and I agree with the point he is trying to get across. I read on this page all the time how MLSE doesn't give two ***** about the fans and are just out to please the stakeholders and corporate ticket holders, but because Cox is saying it this makes him an idiot. Would be the same thing if Simmons wrote this piece. Doesn't matter the actual message, he's immeadiately accused of trolling the fanbase and organization because the fans don't like reading negative opinion pieces about their team.