Tim Leiweke runs Canada’s most valuable sports business. In an interview with Report on Business magazine, the new chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. reveals his views on a company that has enjoyed great financial success but has never won anything on the ice, the court or the playing field.
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1. He doesn’t think much of the corporate culture MLSE built under previous management
“We cannot be afraid of winning. For too long here, we’ve been afraid of expectations, and they’ve crushed us. We’ve been afraid of winning, and it has destroyed us. Great organizations don’t back down from the challenge. I learned that with the Lakers. The Lakers are not afraid to admit that they are expected to win. We need to have that kind of culture here."
2. The new guy hates excuses – and won’t accept them as explanation for the Toronto Raptors’ poor performance
“People who say players won’t come here because they don’t like the cold weather or they don’t want to play in Canada or we don’t have ESPN—those are excuses. We’re not using those any more. And by the way, they’re not true. This is a great city. This is one of the top three or four cities in all of North America, with one of the best, if not the best, economy in North America. We will have no trouble convincing people to come here—if we win. No great player is coming here unless we can prove to them we can win, and win often.”
3. The three-way ownership structure – BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and Larry Tanenbaum – remains tricky to navigate
4. BCE and Rogers, which own a combined 75 per cent of MLSE, are prepared to spend
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