TORONTO, April 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Larry Tanenbaum, Chairman of Maple Leaf
Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), today announced that Tim Leiweke has
been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of MLSE, effective
June 30, 2013.
"Tim Leiweke is one of the top sports executives in the world, renowned
for his ability to build championship teams, premier entertainment
events, and innovative brand and marketing opportunities," said Mr.
Tanenbaum. "Tim is a leader who understands what fans want and what it
takes to build winners. With his deep leadership experience and
unparalleled success at the highest levels of professional sports,
Tim's the right CEO at the right time to lead the transformation of
Mr. Leiweke was most recently President and CEO of Anschutz
Entertainment Group (AEG), the international sports and entertainment
company that owns the Los Angeles Kings, reigning Stanley Cup champions
of the National Hockey League; the Los Angeles Galaxy, reigning MLS Cup
champions of Major League Soccer; a stake in the Los Angeles Lakers of
the National Basketball Association; and world-class sport and
entertainment facilities such as the Staples Center, the Home Depot
Center, the L.A. Live entertainment complex, and other high-profile
venues across the United States and around the world.
"I'm honoured and excited to be chosen to lead MLSE, a world-class
sports and entertainment organization with the major league teams,
premier facilities and employee team that rank with the very best
across North America and internationally," said Mr. Leiweke. "MLSE is
woven into the character of Toronto. The loyal and passionate fans of
MLSE's teams want sports championships for this great city. They want
excitement on the ice, on the court, on the pitch and on the stage. And
they want MLSE to be an active part of their community. I am committed
to delivering for them when I begin my new role as CEO of MLSE."
Effective June 30, Mr. Leiweke will lead the MLSE management team, along
with Tom Anselmi, Chief Operating Officer, and the company's other
front office and sports team executives.
Mr. Leiweke has an outstanding track record of growth and success in a
professional sports business career spanning more than 30 years. Before
moving to Los Angeles to join the Kings as President in 1996 (becoming
President and CEO of AEG Worldwide in 2001), he served as President and
CEO of U.S. Skiing. Previously he spent four seasons as President of
the NBA's Denver Nuggets, where he also played a leading role in the
development of the Pepsi Center. In 1988, Mr. Leiweke was the first
employee hired by the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, serving as Vice
President of the team as well as handling naming rights, marketing and
sales for all events at the Target Center, before moving to Denver in
1991. A native of St. Louis, he began his pro sports career in 1979 as
Assistant General Manager of the St. Louis Steamers of the Major Indoor
"My family and I eagerly look forward to becoming part of the community
in Toronto, one of the great cities of the world, and to joining the
passionate and dedicated fans of the Maple Leafs, the Raptors, Toronto
FC and the Marlies," said Mr. Leiweke.
Highly regarded for his commitment to the communities in which he lives,
Mr. Leiweke is active in a range of charitable causes. Under his
leadership, AEG generated more than $80 million in contributions to
local and national charities. Mr. Leiweke was selected as Sports
Executive of the Year by the Sports Business Journal, chosen twice by the Los Angeles Sports Council as top sports executive
in the LA region, and named as one of the 100 most influential people
in Southern California by the Los Angeles Times.
About Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE)
MLSE, one of the world's premier sports and entertainment companies,
owns the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA), the
Toronto Marlies (AHL), Toronto FC (MLS), Air Canada Centre, Maple Leaf
Square and three digital channels - Leafs TV, NBA TV Canada and GOLTV
Canada - and has a partnership with Live Nation, the biggest concert
promoter in the world.
MLSE has also invested in five of Toronto's sports facilities - Ricoh
Coliseum, home of the Marlies, BMO Field, home of Toronto FC, Lamport
Stadium, KIA Training Grounds at Downsview Park, home of Toronto FC's
Academy and the First Team's practice facility, and the MasterCard
Centre for Hockey Excellence, the practice facility for the Maple Leafs
and Marlies. MLSE operates and manages events at Ricoh Coliseum and BMO
SOURCE: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
For further information:
Jamie Deans, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, (416) 815-5445