|Richard A. Peddie|
|CEO and President of MLSE|
1998 – September 4, 2012
|Preceded by||new post|
|Succeeded by||Tom Anselmi - as President|
|Alma mater||University of Windsor|
Richard Peddie was president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment for fifteen years until his retirement in 2012, overseeing all business and team operations related to the Maple Leafs, the Raptors, Toronto FC, the Marlies, the operations of the Air Canada Centre, the organization’s two television channels and Maple Leaf Square. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Peddie graduated from the University of Windsor in 1970 and received an honorary doctorate from the institution in 2001. Peddie lives in Toronto with his wife.
Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment
Since taking over MLSE, he has tripled its value to over $1.5 billion. As of 2008, the Toronto Maple Leafs, valued at $448 million, are the most valuable franchise in the National Hockey League.
In July 2006, Peddie made an announcement that Leafs' ticket prices would be lower for the 2006–2007 season, due to the Conservative government's 1% tax cut to the GST. Peddie was criticized for his statement about MLSE executives that "[they're] not the money-grubbing characters [they're] often made out to be," especially because this "price-lowering" only cemented the sentiment. The savings on each ticket ranged from $0.35 to $1.73. The lower prices were short lived, as they rose by 6% for the 2007–08 NHL season.
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- Toronto Raptors bio
- University of Windsor profile
- WindsorWired.org profile
- Steady Peddie Keeps Toronto Ticking
- Richard Peddie on Twitter
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