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07-15-2013, 03:27 PM
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Bloomberg News: Tim Leiweke Charts Leafs Victory Parade Route

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...ade-route.html

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Tim Leiweke, the new chief of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., is so confident the Toronto Maple Leafs will soon end a 46-year Stanley Cup drought that he’s already mapped a victory-parade route for the hockey team.

“I have it planned out and it’s going to be fantastic,” Leiweke said today in his first interview since taking over the Toronto-based sports group, which owns the city’s National Hockey League franchise. While employees at MLSE, which also owns the Raptors basketball team and Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC, were a little shocked he mentioned winning the Stanley Cup so soon after starting the job on June 3, he said the company has to focus on results.

“If you can all dream about that and get that in your mind, we’ll have something we’re all driven toward,” he said he told them.

Leiweke joined Maple Leaf Sports from Anschutz Entertainment Group, owned by Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz, which controls MLS’s Galaxy club and the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and is part-owner of the LA Lakers basketball franchise. In his 13 years with AEG, the Lakers and Galaxy each won four league titles and the Kings clinched one Stanley Cup.

The challenge of moving from that winning environment to loss-prone Toronto appealed to Leiweke.

“If the teams were doing well, I wouldn’t have come,” Leiweke, 56, said in Bloomberg’s Toronto office. “What intrigued me the most is the opportunity to have an organization here that can aspire to be much more successful and a greater brand than it currently is.”
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Leiweke said he is gathering the building blocks to an eventual Stanley Cup-winning Leafs squad. A key component will be general manager Dave Nonis, whose contract is being renegotiated, he said.

“We’ll probably have some news on that very soon,” Leiweke said. “I’m a big Dave Nonis fan, and I want a culture here that is different than the one I stepped into.”

BCE Inc. (BCE) and Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI/B), Canada’s two largest telecommunications companies, acquired control of Maple Leaf Sports in 2012 to add hundreds of hours of programming they can sell to sports fans on their smartphones and tablets. The two companies together generated profit of C$4.32 billion ($4.14 billion) last year.

Having to answer to the chiefs of two publicly traded companies is a change from Anschutz but one Leiweke says he’s happy with.

“Our owners know we’ve got to be patient and stop knee-jerking like we have in the past,” he said.
http://www.businessweek.com/videos/2...-leafs-winning

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July 15 (Bloomberg) -- Tim Leiweke, chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, talks about the possibility of bringing a National Football League team to Toronto and his focus on cultivating a culture of winning and accountability for the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs. Leiweke speaks with Bloomberg Television's Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."


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Other fans have been telling us for years to plan the parade...

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Haha how many times have I heard this kinda stuff before.

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We really don't need to plan the parade. It will be from the west coast to the east. Multiple parades lasting all summer.

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We really don't need to plan the parade. It will be from the west coast to the east. Multiple parades lasting all summer.

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We really don't need to plan the parade. It will be from the west coast to the east. Multiple parades lasting all summer.
yep, with extra long stops in ottawa, vancouver and montreal.

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Haha I love it. Starting to really like Tim Leiweke. He knows full well what he's doing here...why not? Who's going to make fun of Tim Leiweke?

He just trolled everyone.

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No mention of plans for TFC's MLS Cup parade route? You're slacking, Tim.

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Very true.

I like Tim, but (as theremedial wrote) we've heard this many times before.

The only thing different that makes me optimistic is that we're young, building from within and trading for young 1st rounders.

Man, the wait to the season is killing me!

GO LEAFS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Some know-nothing suit wants to come in and usurp control over the parade route planned for nearly half a century? ML$E

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Of course Tim is a Nonis fan, Tim's the GM and Nonis is the Assistant *cough* Bernier *cough*

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Several subtle shots at past management in that article about losing culture and accountability.

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The challenge of moving from that winning environment to loss-prone Toronto appealed to Leiweke.

Im a big Dave Nonis fan, and I want a culture here that is different than the one I stepped into.

Our owners know weve got to be patient and stop knee-jerking like we have in the past, he said.
Nonis 1st year on the job has been moderately successful in cleaning up the past and getting the team into a playoff spot. Sounds like a GM contract extension is on the way.

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ugh. wait till the other fan bases get the wind of this news. all the classic lines will come out...

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haha oh man I guess Leiwecke doesn't know about the 'plan the parade' jokes.

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Hopefully Tim is the man to lift the Harold Ballard curse.

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Several subtle shots at past management in that article about losing culture and accountability.



Nonis 1st year on the job has been moderately successful in cleaning up the past and getting the team into a playoff spot. Sounds like a GM contract extension is on the way.
Yea, He has.

But as they say, Some people set the table, Others eat the meal.

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ugh. wait till the other fan bases get the wind of this news. all the classic lines will come out...
Stop worrying about what fans of other teams think.

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Lol!

This hilarious

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I like the ambition, that's for sure.

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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
I don't remember any big boss of MLSE saying anything like this, ever. Even with Peddie I don't remember such a bold statement.

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We really don't need to plan the parade. It will be from the west coast to the east. Multiple parades lasting all summer.
This

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ugh. wait till the other fan bases get the wind of this news. all the classic lines will come out...
**** other fans and fan bases. They already don't like us anyways.

Good for Tim being confident, but he may be jumping the gun a bit.

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great news about renegotiating nonis

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The leafs could just walk down the street and take it, I mean it's no like its far to get.

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