Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment – owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Raptors – has been named one of Toronto’s largest property tax debtors, with an unpaid bill of roughly $1.18 million. https://t.co/4zi9Zg2Qwu
– CBC News (@CBCNews) July 5, 2023
I’ll admit something right off the bat: I really like the way professional sports are organized in Toronto. For those not in the know, the city’s big professional teams (the Maple Leafs, Raptors, Toronto FC and Argonauts, among others, but not the Blue Jays) are all managed by the same entity, MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment).
Basically, it’s as if Geoff Molson, Joey Saputo and Pierre Karl Péladeau had joined forces to run the CH, CF Montréal and the Alouettes as part of the same group.
In fact, the field belongs to the city, but MLSE manages it, and that’s where the disagreement lies: while the city thinks MLSE should pay rent, the group thinks it should simply pay a “user fee”.
Before 2018, this wasn’t a problem, but since the major renovations at BMO Field, the land is subject to taxation, which is a big part of the problem.
Anyway, discussions between the city and MLSE are currently taking place, and both parties hope to reach an agreement by autumn. Let’s hope it doesn’t get too out of hand, and that it’s a fair deal for both parties: both the city and MLSE don’t need the situation to get out of hand, especially with a big chunk of MLSE set to be sold off in the next few years.
Interesting, Bell and Rogers have a deal to buy Tanenbaum’s shares in 2026, but didn’t expect him to sell some early and for such a high price: https://t.co/rmLNhBVT3u
– Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) July 6, 2023
– Matt Duchene confirms he was interested in the CH in 2019.
– Alex Killorn: the Lightning offered him an eight-year contract at $2.5M per year, a $20M deal. In the end, he got more money ($25M) in Anaheim for four years. [HF]
– Can’t wait to read this.
Spoke to Garth Snow – now that his contract with the Islanders is officially over – about a number of topics today. Dropping tomorrow morning. pic.twitter.com/1W1nEROy1k
– Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) July 7, 2023
– What do you think?
⚽️ According to @JeremyFilosa, the brilliance of a star player ⭐️ often depends on the quality of the players around him.
A case in point is Toronto FC, who have recruited some big-name players, but remain at the bottom of the MLS standings. pic.twitter.com/Otv8kXTJ1A
– 98.5 Sports (@985Sports) July 7, 2023