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SBD/June 18, 2013/Franchises
Published June 18, 2013
MESSAGE RECEIVED: In Toronto, Doug Smith writes Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment President & CEO Tim Leiweke has fired Raptors Player Development Dir Alvin Williams in "a terribly short-sighted move that will rankle as many people as anything he does." Leiweke has "jettisoned one of the great guys ever associated with the franchise and a man who wanted nothing more than to spend his entire career with the organization in some way, shape or form." Williams, who had "spent last season scouting for the team" based out of Philadelphia, "loved the organization and the city." Smith writes "as messages go," the Raptors "just sent a crappy one." Smith: "And people will notice" (TORONTOSTAR.com, 6/17).
APOCALYPSE NOW? In N.Y., Mike Puma reports NBC's Bob Costas yesterday called Mets VP/Media Relations Jay Horwitz "to say he meant no harm" by comments during the net's U.S. Open coverage in which he "lambasted the Mets for celebrating [CF] Kirk Nieuwenhuis' game-ending homer against the Cubs" on Sunday. Costas said of the celebration, "Another indication of the ongoing decline of Western civilization" (N.Y. POST, 6/18).