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Maple Leafs Rumor: Is MLSE Going To Hire Wayne Gretzky As President?

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Yesterday afternoon Damien Cox, Nick Kypreos, and Bob McCown started and reported on a rumour that the Leafs were considering Wayne Gretzky as President of the team. Does the rumour have any legs?

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The hot rumour yesterday afternoon was that Wayne Gretzky may be MLSE's target to take over as President of the Maple Leafs. It was just as quickly shot down. But in the meantime the genesis of a story at Canada's only five platform media company provides a fun case study in how the local media generates their own story:

Step One - The 'source' of the rumour

"I've often thought Wayne Gretzky was coming back to Toronto," Cox said on Prime Time Sports Wednesday. If you're Bell and Rogers, who would be better than Wayne Gretzky as president of the Toronto Maple Leafs."

Step Two - The buzz is building

The host of that show, Bob McCown, tweets that there is a buzz around Gretzky going to the Leafs.

Step Three - The Insider confirms the rumour

Nick Kypreos, a member of Sportsnet hockey panel, adds gasoline to the fire.

Step Four - The article on the website

Some quotes are collected and comments requested.

Step Five - The random tweet that serves as quasi confirmation

It all comes together using just Sportsnet employees and former employees as the source. Of course, Sportsnet isn't the only major sports media news source in the city so once the rumour started spreading those fuckers at TSN sought to clarify the situation:

And then Dave Shoalts - for what it is worth - also chimed in:

In a story that Shoalts expanded upon, he explains that at least two members of the board have not heard a single thing about the possibility of Wayne Gretzky taking the role of President of the Maple Leafs. All of this happened after Kypreos' first tweet but before this 'clarification'

So the impression that there was a buzz about the Leafs hiring Wayne Gretzky as their new President is as far advanced as a married guy that has discussed a possible threesome only with his buddies over beers. Is it definitely not happening? No, but is it anywhere near as advanced as Sportsnet gave the impression that it was? Not even close. And the cherry on top is that Darren Dreger said he got a text from Gretzky that he has never been approached via any channel to be the Leafs' President. So that's that.

Although Down Goes Brown already gave us a preview of what to expect from a Gretzky presidencywhen this rumour was originally started in November of 2011.

Step Six - Write an article decrying social media for spreading the rumour that you and your company started and spread

There was no news report to begin with, no direct confirmation Gretzky had been interviewed for the position or would even be interested.

Damien Cox ladies and gentlemen!

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