HoopsHype Tim Leiweke rumors
The Toronto Raptors, emboldened by the news that the Sacramento Kings apparently won't be moving to Seattle, have ramped up their pursuit of Phil Jackson to be their new team president, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told ESPN.com that the Raptors -- now being run by former Los Angeles-based sports mogul Tim Leiweke -- regarded the Seattle group that was trying to buy the Kings as the biggest threat to preventing Jackson from seriously considering their pitch. ESPN.com
One source said that Leiweke's "vision and energy" and history of shared success at Staples Center with the 11-time championship coach ensures that Jackson will give the pitch strong consideration despite skepticism around the league about his willingness to relocate to Canada. ESPN.com
Ryan Wolstat: Leiweke said he would stay out of way with Leafs, but wants to be involved with Raptors to set long-term course. Says part of NBA for 30 yrs Twitter @WolstatSun
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has reeled in the big fish it had long been seeking. Chairman Larry Tanenbaum announced Friday that the sports conglomerate has hired Tim Leiweke as its new president and chief executive officer, effective June 30, 2013. "Tim Leiweke is one of the top sports executives in the world, renowned for his ability to build championship teams, premier entertainment events, and innovative brand and marketing opportunities," Tanenbaum said in a release. Toronto Sun
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