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As Rumors Run Rampant, Tim Leiweke Insists He Is Not Leaving MLSE In Near Future
Published August 20, 2014
A QUICK TURNAROUND: Friedman yesterday reported via Twitter that Leiweke will be leaving the company "soon." In Toronto, Bruce Arthur in a front-page piece notes an MLSE source "indicated that 'soon' encompassed the upcoming season, at least." So Leiweke is "probably in for one year, and that seems about right." Leiweke's sometimes "blundering words can overshadow the fact that he's done quite a lot, and on balance, it's positive" (TORONTO STAR, 8/20). The TORONTO SUN's Steve Simmons notes the "one thing Leiweke has established here, as he did with [GM] Dean Lombardi with the L.A. Kings, is he lets his sports people run their teams" (TORONTO SUN, 8/20). In Toronto, Mark Zwolinski notes there are "arguments that not enough has been done," but there is "no doubting the 57-year-old has brought in what can be considered sweeping changes." The Leiweke storyline in Toronto "will not quiet down regardless of his statements about remaining on as head of MLSE." Speculation yesterday "ran rampant regarding a potential post" with the Clippers, and there also is talk of a Leiweke "interest in the David Beckham led attempt" to bring an MLS franchise to Miami (TORONTO STAR, 8/20).