Six employees from the Toronto Maple Leafs ticketing office, including director of sales and service, recently resigned or were fired following undisclosed problems with the team’s ticketing operation that it shares with the Raptors basketball team.
Details on what exactly led to the dismissals were not available, but published reports hinted at tickets and/or money potentially being siphoned off without the team being aware of it. The Leafs’ Chief Financial Officer Ian Clarke and the team’s human resources department are currently conducting an investigation into what the team described as ticketing “irregularities,” and the problems may result in the Toronto police examining the case.
Despite missing the playoffs for the third straight year, the Maple Leafs are one of the more popular, and profitable, franchises in the National Hockey League. The Raptors have clinched a playoff berth, but will not have the home court advantage. Ticketing for the two teams brings in an estimated $80 million a year, according to the Toronto Star newspaper.