Calgary Herald

Burke at odds with ESPN ranking

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ESPN magazine listed the Toronto Maple Leafs as one of the least-rewarding franchises to follow. GM Brain Burke diagrees.

“Well, I didn’t see it. I don’t pay any attention to stuff like that. I don’t think ESPN knows a whole hell of a lot about hockey, and I certainly don’t watch them to learn anything about hockey. But someone asked me the question earlier, and I think it’s absurd. You’re talking about one of the great sports towns in the world, in my opinion. No one complained about this as a sports market when the Blue Jays won two World Series titles. . . . Obviously the pro teams here — us included — need to do better to shed this kind of a label. But to talk about the marketplac­e as not being a great sports city, I mean, what does ESPN know about Canada, anyway?”

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