Report: Maple Leafs’ boss looks to join forces with David Beckham
Tim Leiweke, the owner of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (the group which owns the Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC), could be leaving MLSE to join forces with David Beckham's investment group, according to a report in The Globe and Mail.
Leiweke previously lured Beckham to North America to play for the LA Galaxy back in 2007 when Leiweke was with the Anschutz Entertainment Group. Beckham's new management group is looking to create an MLS expansion team in Miami.
“It is one of the options that [Leiweke] is looking at, but not until his work in Toronto is complete,” an MLSE spokesman told The Globe and Mail in reference to Beckham's management group.
Leiweke's role with MLSE is currently on an interim basis, as the executive originally announced he would be leaving his post atop MLSE as of June 30 this year, but on May 29, MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum confirmed Leiweke would be staying with MLSE beyond June 30 on an interim basis. However, Leiweke said at the time that he expected to stay with MLSE for months, not years, according to a Globe and Mail story.
Beckham's planned new Miami team would be a direct competitor of Toronto FC.
(h/t The Globe and Mail)