Factbox: Toronto’s professional sports teams

TORONTO (BestGrowthStock) – Rogers Communications is in talks to buy a majority stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which would give it pro hockey’s Toronto Maple Leafs, pro basketball’s Toronto Raptors, and a dominant hold on Canadian sports broadcasting, the Toronto Star newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The newspaper said Rogers, one of Canada’s biggest telecom and media businesses, is offering C$1.3 billion ($1.27 billion) to buy the 66 percent stake of MLSE held by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

It would be the largest deal in Canadian sports history and would give Rogers control of all of the top professional sports teams in Canada’s biggest city, with the exception of the Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

Below are a list of Toronto’s major sports teams.

– Toronto Maple Leafs, owned by Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, is one of the “original six” teams in the National Hockey League. The team has not won a Stanley Cup since 1967, nor reached the playoffs since the 2003-04 season, but is still the most profitable team in the league.

– Toronto Blue Jays, owned by Rogers Communications, play in the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball’s American League. The team, founded in 1977, is the only Canadian team in MLB. The Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993.

– Toronto Raptors, owned by MLSE, is the only Canadian team in the National Basketball League. The team was established in 1995 and has in the past featured all-stars Vince Carter and Chris Bosh on its roster.

– Toronto Argonauts, owned by Canadian Senator David Bradley, play in the Eastern Division of the Canadian Football League. The team was founded in 1873, making the Argos one of North America’s oldest pro sports teams.

– Toronto FC, owned by MLSE, is a professional soccer club in North America’s Major League Soccer. The club was founded in 2006 and joined MLS in the 2007 season. Toronto FC has been profitable since the start and season tickets are a hot commodity.

– The Toronto Marlies, owned by MLSE, are the Toronto Maple Leafs’ minor league affiliate and play the American Hockey League.

(Reporting by John McCrank; editing by Rob Wilson)

Factbox: Toronto’s professional sports teams