Sports Business Canada Weekly Roundup – June 7, 2013

Sports Business Canada Weekly Round-Up is a weekly blog featuring top Canadian sports business stories from the past week.

How the NBA doubled its revenue in Canada without adding new Canadian teams – Financial Post

In this article, the Financial Post’s Dan Ovsey speaks with Dan Mackenzie, vice-president and general manager of NBA Canada about the NBA’s plans to attract newcomers and increase engagement levels in Canada.

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Meet the new Raptors GM Masai Ujiri – Toronto Sun

The big newsmaker this week was the introduction of NBA Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri as the Toronto Raptors’ new General Manager. The contract is worth $15-million over five years as Ujiri takes over from Bryan Colangelo, who will stay on as with the team in a non-basketball role.

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TFC: Tim Leiweke vows to turn MLS club around, attract top talent – Toronto Star

But the Raptors weren’t the only MLSE team on Leiweke’s mind. In a YouTube video message to fans and season ticket-holders posted on Tuesday, Leiweke promised action on the struggling Toronto FC. In the message, Leiweke boldly stated, “That means if we could go out and find the kind of designated players that we had in L.A. — Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane and David Beckham — we’ll do that here.”

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John Huckle, author of – a blog about the business of sports, shared a tweet this past week about Rogers’ plans for The Score.


It was a big news week for Tim Leiweke and MLSE this past week as Lieweke continued to stir the pot in his first month as the organization’s president and CEO.

TSN and PGA TOUR announce multi-year broadcast extension – TSN

This one happened last week but TSN and PGA TOUR reached a multi-year broadcast extension that will see TSN continue to broadcast nine PGA TOUR events a year through to 2018. As part of the new deal TSN retains exclusive early round coverage of the RBC Canadian Open along with broadcast rights to other popular PGA TOUR events including the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AM and the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

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Yankees not happy with Mets’ ticket prices – ESPN

This story is not Canadian focused but it’s very interesting. It discusses how dynamically-priced tickets are having tax implications for MLB players when they go to order complimentary tickets.

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