There was a flurry of speculation last week about Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., going after former Los Angeles Kings governor Tim Leiweke to fill its chief executive officer position. This came up amid rumours Leiweke may or may not have been in Toronto and may or may not have talked to some MLSE directors. Leiweke is the top free agent on the sports executive market after his surprising split with tycoon Philip Anschutz. He stepped down as CEO of Anschutz’s sports and entertainment company, AEG, by “mutual agreement” after Anschutz announced he decided not to sell the company that owns the Kings, the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS and also owns and manages arenas all over the world. An MLSE board member said there was no contact with Leiweke last week but the company does plan to speak to him in the near future. However, Leiweke will have his pick of opportunities, including the vacant president’s job with Madison Square Garden Ltd., in New York.
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