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  • Gretzky to MLS?



    Wayne Gretzky's name has surfaced as a possible front man for an American investment group, Providence Equity Partners, interested in buying MLSE.

    There is no indication that the group is interested in selling off parts of the sports empire, so the potential of Gretzky being part of a group that holds a majority stake in Toronto FC is there.

    The deal is, of course, about the Toronto Maple Leafs and the battle to take control of the iconic, if at times dysfunctional, franchise. The NBA's Toronto Raptors, AHL's Toronto Marlies, the Air Canada Centre, a couple TV stations and some prime real estate would also be part of the deal. The deal is worth about $1.8 billion, so TFC is an exceptionally small part of it.

    Earlier this year the telecommunications giant Rogers was said to be the front runner to purchase the controlling stake in MLSE. Rogers owns the Toronto Blue Jays.

    It's too early to speculate what a change in ownership might mean for the club.


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