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Report: Gretzky approached by potential MLSE purchasers

Nov 17, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

Wayne Gretzky AP

Yesterday we wrote about the potential purchase of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) by Providence Equity Partners, a U.S. investment fund.

Today that news got a lot more interesting when Sportsnet reported that Wayne Gretzky could be involved.

“Yes, I’ve been approached by multiple firms considering the purchase of MLSE,” Gretzky told Sportsnet.

MLSE is the parent company of the Maple Leafs (NHL), Marlies (AHL), Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC (MLS), the Air Canada Centre, among other things.

I’m not quite sure why Gretzky would be brought aboard by a group looking to purchase a controlling stake in MLSE. It’s not like the Leafs need his name to sell tickets. They’re not the Phoenix Coyotes.

I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have The Great One involved in some capacity. Maybe he could coach the Raptors.

  1. charlutes - Nov 17, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Hehe…Raptors

  2. rainyday56 - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:13 AM

    League still owes him money from Phx. Are they so hard up for cash, they’ve come up with this creative way to bilk him for a few more million? I really hope Gretz doesn’t become hockey’s Joe Lewis.

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