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RAPTORS MAKE FRONT OFFICE MOVES
Published March 9, 1995
There is a "senior management shuffle quietly under way in the Raptors offices." Instead of several "independent departments run by directors" reporting to team President John Bitove, the new changes create "several super-departments, giving key executives more internal clout." Dir of Corporate Sponsorships Steve Weber is likely to get a VP title and have Dir of Broadcasting Chris McCracken report to him. Dir of Ticketing Mark Lavaway will now report to VP/Finance Dan Durso. Brian Cooper is likely to be named VP in charge of Air Canada Centre, and Dir of Licensed Products Dave Strickland will report directly to team VP Isiah Thomas (Craig Daniels, TORONTO SUN, 3/8). CONSTRUCTION TO START ON TIME: A binding agreement has been signed for the Raptors to purchase the Canada Post property in downtown Toronto. Coupled with the team's recent agreement to purchase the lands surrounding the arena site, that deal will allow for construction of Air Canada Centre to begin on schedule in Fall '95. The team hopes to begin play there by '97-98 (TORONTO STAR, 3/9).