Report: Leiweke leaving MLSE to lead 2024 Olympic bid in Los Angeles

Aug 22, 1:57 PM

MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke reportedly set his sights on something much bigger than the Toronto sports franchises he currently oversees. According to Gord Miller, an Olympic bid is luring Leiweke back to Los Angeles.

The United States Olympic Committee revealed in June the four American cities it would consider for the 2024 summer Olympic bid would be Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Aug 27, 6:05 PM

Leiweke says decision to leave MLSE has to do with entrepreneurial dream

Aug 27, 6:05 PM

TORONTO - Tim Leiweke says his desire to be an entrepreneur led to his decision to leave Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.

In radio interviews on Sportstnet 590 The Fan and TSN 1050, the outgoing MLSE president and CEO said he and the executive board knew his stay would be a short one because he wanted to run his own business.

"I have a dream, which is at some point or another I need to do my own company so I get up every morning scared to death that I'm going to fail and that it's my money, my equity and it's all my responsibility," Leiweke said on The Fan. "And if I don't do that before I retire and call it a day, I will regret never making that decision.

"That was always my intention. I took a timeout from that dream to come here to help create the right atmosphere and culture for our dream here at Maple Leaf Sports."

Leiweke took over in April 2013 and will be there until June 30, 2015, or until a successor is appointed.

At times during his 16 months on the job, Leiweke said he came off as brutally honest, which caught some people off-guard.

"Occasionally my energy level and my drive and my bullish attitude towards attacking problems and solving problems is hard for some people," he said on TSN 1050. "But that's, I think, why they wanted me here. They knew and I knew that that kind of style is not a style that lasts for 10 years."

Leiweke said there was still "work to do" for the Maple Leafs of the NHL, Raptors of the NBA and Toronto FC of MLS. He also said on TSN 1050 that he was still making progress on the city's bid to host the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Before he leaves, Leiweke said he wanted Toronto FC to make the playoffs for the first time in its history, the Maple Leafs to get back to the playoffs and the Raptors to build on their best season to date.

"I don't care about legacy, I care about winning," Leiweke told TSN 1050. "One thing I'd like to accomplish before I walk out the door is to put these three teams and these franchises in a position where they were in the playoffs and we have a culture that will keep us in the playoffs and in the hunt year after year. And we're not there yet."

Promising to continue working for as long as he remains on the job, Leiweke said on The Fan he won't make any more declarations about a Stanley Cup parade through the streets of Toronto.

"You won't hear that out of my mouth again," he said.

Leiweke said his decision to leave had nothing to do with his family not liking the weather, as had been speculated since MLSE confirmed his departure. He called Toronto "magnificent" and "beautiful" and denied that had anything to do with his leaving.

"The winters require Canada Goose, but that's why they created that company," Leiweke said on The Fan. "This has nothing to do with the weather, it has nothing to do with the city. I assure you this has been an absolutely overwhelming and enjoyable experience."

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/John E Sokolowski

Aug 21, 4:00 PM

Friedman: Impending Leiweke, MLSE split 'comes down to commitment'

Aug 21, 4:00 PM

The looming split between Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and president and CEO Tim Leiweke "comes down to commitment," according to Elliotte Friedman of CBC - the man who broke the story earlier this week.

With several major projects on the docket - including a bid to host the NHL All-Star Game - MLSE wanted to know if Leiweke remained committed to his position, or if he is going to use an out-clause next summer.

As per Friedman:

According to a couple of sources, approximately two months ago Leiweke reiterated to the board that he would only guarantee his position until June 30, 2015. It sounds like, at that moment, the board decided it had to protect its own interests.

With everything else we've heard about the MLSE/Leiweke relationship, this is what it came down to. His timeline was not acceptable to the board. It wanted to end the speculation and begin the replacement process, which is why the announcement was made Thursday that the company is seeking a new CEO.

Leiweke initially denied the report, but qualified the denial by leaving the door wide open for this scenario to unfold. What remains to be seen is just how long he will remain with the organization.

Feature photo courtesy of REUTERSMark Blinch/Mark Blinch

Aug 21, 10:27 AM

Leiweke to continue as CEO of MLSE until June 2015; successor could be named earlier

Aug 21, 10:27 AM

Reports of Tim Leiweke's imminent departure as president and chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment have gone back and forth in recent days, but it appears as though he will indeed vacate the position in 10 months or less.

Earlier this week, Leiweke claimed reports of his departure from the post were "100 percent not true" - he did, however, qualify that by adding he was committed to the 2014-15 season, which left the door open for this type of announcement.

Aug 19, 1:57 PM

MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke denies report he is set to leave

Aug 19, 1:57 PM

Rumors of Tim Leiweke's departure from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment appear to be premature.

Leiweke was hired as president and chief executive officer of the company in April 2013; his statement, however, doesn't do much to ensure he'll remain in his position long term.

Aug 19, 1:24 PM

Report: MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke to resign; 'looking for a new challenge'

Aug 19, 1:24 PM

After serving less than 16 months as president and chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, it appears as though Tim Leiweke is heading in a different direction.

Leiweke oversaw significant changes to Toronto's Maple Leafs, Raptors and MLS club, TFC. On the hockey side, he hired Brendan Shanahan as team president, and clearly had big plans for the club after pre-emptively planning a Stanley Cup parade route prior to the start of the 2014-15 season.