According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the Raptors are closing in on a replacement for Tim Leiweke, who will be officially leaving his post as president and CEO of MLSE on June 30th.
After a lengthy search, the replacement is expected to be John Cassaday, the former Corus Entertainment president and CEO who recently retired from his position.
I'll admit: that's a name I've never heard of, but I look forward to familiarizing with Cassaday's background when (if) the official announcement is made.
No one that was brought in to replace Leiweke was going to match his cache and profile, but the important thing, at least from a Raptors standpoint, is that whoever steps in helps bridge the gap between Masai Ujiri and the MLSE board of directors, to ensure that lines of communications are smooth and any requests and demands from a financial standpoint (ie. trades, signings) are listened to and decided on in a timely manner.
Whether that happens under Cassaday's (or whoever the replacement is) watch remains to be seen. Given MLSE's history, I have my own doubts.
What does everybody think?