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Old 10-05-2010, 10:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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MLSE execs feel the pain, too, fans
It is maddening.

For the frustrated masses who love the Toronto Maple Leafs, arguably the largest single fan group in this country, and the smaller loyal bands which live and die with the Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC, there is no healthy, natural outlet.

Sure it’s a straightforward consumer relationship. You buy your ticket and you take your chances. Sure it’s an entertainment business – and no one goes gunning for the studio head when they hate what they just saw at the local multiplex.
MLSE execs feel the pain, too, fans - The Globe and Mail

MLSE: Losing at all costs
The Toronto Maple Leafs passed on their chance to be the New York Yankees of hockey. They could have crushed NHL opponents with their financial might before the 2004-05 lockout, paying whatever it took to attract the best players on the planet.

They did spend: From 1998-99 through 2003-04, the Leafs jacked payroll to $61.8-million from $34-million and were rewarded with 41 home playoff dates, trailing only the Colorado Avalanche and New jersey Devils in that department. During that same period, however, their payroll never ranked higher than fifth overall, and they failed to reach the Stanley Cup finals even as the Avalanche and Devils brought the Cup home.
MLSE: Losing at all costs - The Globe and Mail
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