When I’m looking for guidance and answers I sometimes ask myself “what would Denis Lemieux do?” Today as I was navigating the mean streets of the greater Peel region I heard the news of a potential sale of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (the parent company that owns at times beloved Toronto Maple Leafs). The radio station that I was listening to teased me with this info as I rolled into the parking lot of my workplace.
It was at this time I looked to the sky and asked myself “who owns the Leafs?” in a Denis Lemieux like manner. (For those keeping score I substituted Leafs for Chiefs…Bubby from Simcoe I know you require that type of accuracy from me in all things concerning Slap Shot)
In case you don’t know by now the Teacher’s pension fund sold their controlling interest of MLSE to an unholy alliance of Rogers and Bell. For a detailed account of this transaction please click here for the Globe and Mail’s story (you won’t be disappointed, unlike yours truly they have the basic command of the english language, adhere to all grammar rules and most likely have their facts correct. At the best of times I can’t boast that I do).
Being an educator this transaction was a mos def win/win for me today. First off our pension fund received a tidy stipend for our controlling interest in MLSE. I’m no financial guru but I’m assuming this is good for my retirement plan (January 2032 if you are keeping tabs). Secondly and probably most importantly the gripe that teacher’s are costing the Leafs the Stanley Cup can now subside (yes I know the pension dollars should be far more important but I’m a terribly flawed individual, what can I say?). From now on I can shift the blame to all those Rogers and Bell cell phone users and cable subscribers for the lack of Leafs/Raptors/TFC success.