Tim Leiweke Rumors
Dolan’s interest in Toronto executive Masai Ujiri is real, not to mention the preferred choice of the folks inside the NBA’s league offices who want nothing more than this Knicks machine to run smoothly one day. There’s already a built-in connection as well: Tim Leiweke, the former CEO of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment group who hired Ujiri as Toronto’s general manager in 2013, is serving as a Knicks consultant. He’s the CEO of the sports and entertainment consulting firm, the Oak View Group, as well as a partner of Irving Azoff, the longtime friend of Dolan’s who played a significant role in bringing Jackson to the Knicks.
Marc Stein: In Knicks news: League sources say former Raptors exec Tim Leiweke is poised to help them as an advisor in wake of Phil Jackson’s exit.
The CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will step down next year. The company announced Thursday that Tim Leiweke will stay until June 30 or a successor is appointed. The MLSE properties include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC. Leiweke, who joined the group in April 2013, says he plans to own and operate his own business. In his short tenure, Leiweke helped Toronto land the 2016 NBA All-Star game, fired Toronto FC’s president and general manager Kevin Payne and brought in former star player Brendan Shanahan as president of the Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs missed the playoffs last spring, but the Raptors returned to the postseason for the first time in six years. Toronto FC is in third place in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Toronto Raptors are one council vote away from a new practice facility at Exhibition Place. Councillors on the executive committee unanimously approved Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s plan to build a $30-million practice centre at the city-owned site. MLSE president and CEO Tim Leiweke outlined the plans for the building — currently the site of a parking lot — to the committee.
Leiweke wants it ready in time for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto. “I think this is great for the sport and as you look around the country and you look around our city in particular you begin to see that this is a sport that is very attractive to the majority of people who live in the city,” Leiweke said after the vote.