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SBD/March 15, 2013/Franchises
Leiweke Had Wide Reach During AEG Tenure, Hailed For Impact On L.A.
Published March 15, 2013
REIGNING ACHIEVEMENT: In L.A., Helene Elliott writes Leiweke “gladly became the face” of AEG-owned teams the NHL Kings and MLS Galaxy. While he “was a fan at heart,” sometimes Leiweke's “passion pushed him too far.” Galaxy President Chris Klein said, "We're all going to miss Tim, everyone loved Tim, but the Galaxy will continue forward. Our commitment to this team is still there, the commitment from Phil is still there." Elliott writes with Leiweke in charge, it "was never dull” (L.A. TIMES, 3/15).
WHERE TO NEXT? BILLBOARD.com's Ray Waddell wrote, “Most would agree Leiweke’s specific skill set tilts toward venue development and professional sports franchises.” He would be a “likely candidate as an owner, GM, or developer of any pro sports teams or group of teams, and will probably find more than a few opportunities in this sector.” Waddell wrote Leiweke is “an executive of rare scope” (BILLBOARD.com, 3/14). Leiweke on Thursday said he plans to “resurface” in a few days (LATIMES.com, 3/14). Meanwhile, in L.A., Scott Wilson outlined AEG’s extensive deals under Leiweke’s leadership (LATIMES.com, 3/14).