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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. NBA.com

August 20, 2014 Updates

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. Toronto Sun

Leiweke predicted Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri will be pleased with the decision. “I think the happiest man is Masai,” Leiweke said. “He made this his number one priority and he told me if I didn’t get this done, he was going to kick me out of town. It is a good day for Masai and the team. I think the players in particular are going to be really pleased. They deserve a world-class facility.” Toronto Sun

The city’s executive committee has voted unanimously in favour of leasing a parcel of land to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment for the construction of a new Raptors practice facility at Exhibition Place. The 68,000 square foot facility, which replaces a much smaller one inside the Air Canada Centre, will be built at a cost of $30 million with all funding coming from MLSE. CP24

August 19, 2014 Updates

Ryan Wolstat: Leiweke leaving as per @FriedgeHNIC is somehow both stunning and not so much. Rumour always was he was primarily after NFL team Twitter @WolstatSun

But for those who are apparently so anxious to know what this means – A trade? Someone getting waived? The Raptors thumbing their noses at the rules? – take this into consideration. I was talking to someone in the gym about this yesterday and the word is this: They have no clue what they’re going to do, they just signed these guys and they don’t have to do anything until the season starts and anyone who’s getting worked up about a “next move” needs to sit back and take a deep breath. Toronto Star

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The Rochester RazorSharks basketball team is in talks with the NBA's Toronto Raptors, according to sources within the RazorSharks front office, who said the Raptors are looking for a NBA Developmental League affiliate. The Raptors are coming off of a successful season, having won the Atlantic Division for the 2013-2014 season. The RazorSharks were champions of the Premier Basketball League last season. TWC News

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