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Anselmi resigns from MLSE

Sep 6, 2013, 1:21 PM EST

Anselmi

Another key executive is leaving Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Today, the parent company of the Leafs (and Raptors and Toronto FC and Marlies) announced the resignation of Tom Anselmi, Chief Operating Officer.

You may recall Anselmi from when Brian Burke was fired by the Leafs in January. (Anselmi, then the president and COO, was the one who said Burke’s “tone and voice” was the driving factor behind the decision.)

Anselmi’s departure shouldn’t come as a huge shock after Tim Leiweke was hired to lead the company in April.

“The entire organization, including our ownership group, is grateful to Tom for his many contributions to the success of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment over the years,” said Leiweke in a statement.

  1. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    I’m starting to like this Tim Leiweke guy. He’s gradually chopping all the heads who were running (if you call it running) MLSE over the last decade.

    As for Anselmi, good riddance! He was a brutal COO. Him and Richard Peddie are two of the worst things to happen to Toronto sports since Harold Ballard in the 80’s. They could arguably be even worse. Ballard was at least honest about being a greedy sleaze bag… and he only kept ONE major league team from succeeding, not three.

  2. gurfunklebunker - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Good riddance. It’s about time the Ballard-esque swine gets cut out. Hopefully, this leads to future success.

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