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Rogers in $1.3B talks to buy majority stake in Leafs empire – thestar.com

Rogers in $1.3B talks to buy majority stake in Leafs empire – thestar.com

As a Leafs and Raptors fan this is great news. It has been clear for some time that the current majority owners, The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan didn’t care much about winning as long they were making a certain amount of money every year. Being under the Rogers umbrella should change that.

The OTPP just needed good merchandise sales and gate receipts and the Maple Leafs brand is good enough to provide good numbers there even when the team isn’t performing well. Rogers will need the team to do well in order to improve their TV numbers. They have more of an incentive in making sure that the team performs well.

By the way, did you guys watch Jeopardy last night? The “Final Jeopardy” question was Maple Leafs related.

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Bryan Colangelo’s letter to Raptors Fans


What a spectacle! What we have all just witnessed is something unprecedented in professional basketball and possibly even in professional sports. In a year where multiple NBA teams positioned themselves for the ability to sign a “maximum” contract player (or players) in free agency, three of the NBA’s bright young stars are teaming together in an attempt to win an NBA Championship. Kudos to the Miami Heat for pulling off such a feat.

I’m sure that there is frustration and disappointment, possibly even resentment, upon hearing the news that Chris Bosh is leaving Toronto to join forces with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in South Beach. Well that certainly is the feeling from this vantage point as we lose a player that has been the centrepiece of our franchise for the last several years. I can assure you every move/investment made in the last four years to improve our basketball team was designed with the belief that putting the right pieces around Chris would get us closer to our goal of winning an NBA Championship. In fact, Chris actively participated in that process as transactions and changes were contemplated because I have always believed that a franchise player experiences a sense of ownership in team building. Unfortunately, we fell short of that goal and must now move on to a post-Bosh era in Toronto.

In completing a Sign-and-Trade transaction with Miami, we were able to extract a very valuable Trade Exception and future draft picks that will serve as building blocks in the process of re-tooling our basketball team. The Trade Exception can be used to acquire players under contract with other teams via trade, or it can be used to leverage the acquisition of additional future assets. Speaking of the future, I can’t tell you how energized we all feel to see the positive growth and development of so much young athletic talent on our roster including re-signing Amir Johnson and the recent first-round draft selection of Ed Davis. While more changes to the roster are possible, even likely, we can promise you now that this team will compete every night they take to the floor.

We believe we have the best fans in the NBA and we believe in the city and country that we play in. Your passion, pride and support has been tremendous no matter what the circumstances, and we cannot thank you enough for that. We all share a commitment to winning both on and off the floor and MLSE/Toronto Raptors ownership and management will do whatever it takes to WIN while also making the community a better place. Our franchise will evolve and emerge stronger than before, and I assure you that our combined efforts will produce the WINNER you are hoping for.  

Sincerely,

Bryan Colangelo

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Looking back at the 07/08 Raptors

Coming into the year I had really high hopes for this team. Key injuries throughout the year pushed that optimism to the side somewhat but when the Raptors drew Orlando in the first round I along with many others let out a sigh of relief. I thought it was a favorable match up for the Raptors. Hats off to Dwight Howard. Man did he play like Superman.

Going into next year the Raptors need to trade away T.J Ford. I like what he brings to the team. I was even in the minority that somewhat liked the trade when he was brought to Toronto. His time with the team has passed by though. The team plays with a much better flow with Calderon on the court. I look at Calderon as being from the Steve Nash /Jason Kidd/John Stockton mold. Guys who don’t need to take shots but make guys around them better. Calderon needs to be the starter on this team. Ford obviously has a problem with that…..why let him return next year and cause a distraction?

CB4 is CB4. I don’t have many worries about him but he needs to be tougher inside. That goes for the team as a whole. The Raptors as a team need to be much better at the glass.

I like Bargnani. Definitely want to see him have a bigger role with this team next year. I think his jump shot is such a major asset to have. Hopefully he can draw the opposing teams big men out to the perimeter helping out the team on the glass.

Trade Nesterovic as fast as possible. His value will never be higher. With him and Ford the Raptors actually have a couple of nice trading chips.

Parker needs to take more plays. I don’t get why he doesn’t shoot more or create more plays? He’s definitely a lot more talented then his stats from this year reflect.

Moon was a big surprise this year. Looking forward to see what he brings to the table in year two. I love the energy he brings to the court.

Being at Games 4 and 6 in New Jersey last year was amazing. Watching the team in person I thought for sure that it was the start of something great for the city of Toronto. Hopefully the 08/09 group can restore that promise.

SWIRSKY LEAVES RAPTORS ORGANIZATION AFTER TEN YEARS

Chuck Swirsky, an icon with the Toronto Raptors radio and television broadcasts as play-by-play announcer for the past 10 seasons, is leaving the organization for personal reasons related to his family.

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Having lived in the US since 2000 I obviously didn’t get to watch much of his TV work with the Raptors but I have thoroughly enjoyed his work with the Raptors. I’ve been a regular reader of his blog CCI(Chuck Checks In) which made a regular appearance on Raptors.com. Definitely listened to as much of his radio show as possible. His fan base as a play by play was as big if not bigger then pretty much any Raptor ever.Definitely didn’t see this departure coming. “Chuck the Canuck” even got his Canadian citizenship last year. Good luck in the future endeavors.

Ultimate Standings: Fan Satisfaction Rankings

Where does your team Rank?

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Every year ESPN releases this Fan Satisfaction Rankings. They rank the major sports franchises from the big 4 in eight different categories. Each of those eight categories are weighted accordingly.This year the Colts rank as the #1 team. Coming in dead last at 122 are the New York Knicks. How do your teams stack up?

Angels 1st in MLB 5th overall.
49ers 24th in NFL 102nd overall.
Raptors 14th in NBA 44th overall.
Maple Leafs 30th in NHL and 121st overall.

Keep in mind that there are 30 teams in the NBA, NHL and MLB while there are 32 in the NFL. Check out the report to see previous years results too.

Raptors bounce back in Game 3.

What a win for the Raptors. The ACC crowd is really quickly becoming one of the better ones in the league. The atmosphere was electric. Yes, Howard got another double but the Raptors dominated him all night. Hats off to Calderon(he needs to be starting)and Ford. Between the two they play exactly 48 minutes. Get 39 points on 13-22 from the field, 12 rebounds and 16 assists. Can’t wait for game 4.

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Why I’m not worried about the Raptors

With the recent slide the Raptors have been on I’ve been asked on more then one occasion whether I’d like to retract my pre-season prediction about the Raptors. My response?No. The Bosh injury was obviously a big factor in the the slump. This group plays like a team more then any group in the history of the franchise. In the short history of the Raptors the team has had a lot of “me” players…..you can not say that about this team. When Calderon replaced T.J Ford in the starting lineup the team didn’t miss a beat. Both of these guys have played their position well over the past year and a half. You want your Point Guard to be a leader….a general on the floor if you will The Raptors have two guys who do that. To prove my point more…..Calderon volunteered to give up his starting spot today to Ford. The result? A 89-82 win over the Pistons.

NCAA Tournament

Already a much better 2nd day then Day 1. The Duke/Belmont game game was pretty much the only thing that stuck out for me on Day 1. Eventhough it would’ve hurt my bracket I as always was rooting for the upset. What a game it was though. Definitely an early favorite for the game of the tournament.

UConn game today again falls into the same category. First George Mason and now San Diego? That’s a rough 2 game stretch for UConn as far as the NCAA Tournament is concerned. Saw it on a CBS graphic that this is the first time UConn has lost in the first round of the tournament under Calhoun(14-1 now).

What a game for Stephen Curry. Its crazy that he wasn’t recruited more heavily. I got a chance to watch his father Dell Curry, day in and day out when he was with the Raptors and he became an instant favorite of mine because of that 3 point shot. The son is pretty much the same.