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Maple Leafs Alone Abstain From Vote On NHL Media Rights Deal

At the NHL BOG meetings this week in Pebble Beach, Calif., the Maple Leafs were the "only club that declined to approve" the league's C$5.2B media rights deal with Rogers Communications. Sources confirmed that the vote was 29-0 in favor of approving the 12-year agreement. The Leafs "shocked the meeting by abstaining from the vote." It is believed NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman persuaded MLSE Chair Larry Tanenbaum to "abstain, rather than vote against the deal and prevent a unanimous outcome." Bell, which was shut out of the rights, and Rogers each own 37.5% of MLSE (TORONTO STAR, 12/12).
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