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IS DISNEY'S EISNER READY TO WADDLE OFF INTO THE SUNSET?
Published February 23, 1995
In his column in this morning's TORONTO STAR, Bob McKenzie speculates that a departure from Disney by company chairman Michael Eisner could mean an ownership-change for the Mighty Ducks. According to McKenzie, "it is obliquely suggested" in the March issue of ESQUIRE that "Eisner may be contemplating new career opportunities." MacKenzie suggests Disney's purchase of the Ducks was "for no other reason than Eisner's interest in the game itself and, perhaps to a lesser extent, the business of hockey. ... If the rumors come to fruition and Eisner ceases to run Disney, will the impetus be there for the corporation to stay in the NHL?" Also suggested: Disney could sell or give Eisner the team as a going-away present (TORONTO STAR, 2/23). POWER PLAY: Since Disney's stock fell to 39 3/8 in November following Eisner's heart bypass surgery, the unexpected death of Disney President Frank Wells and slumping attendance figures at its parks, the company has "rebounded with a mighty roar." Disney stock rose to 53 on Wednesday after the company announced an unspecified "multimedia venture" with Southern Bell, Ameritech and SBC Communications (REUTERS/MIAMI HERALD, 2/22).