Monday, March 12, 2012

Brian Burke didn’t ask for Don Cherry to be fired, CBC says

Toronto Star columnist Raju Mudhar says, contrary to a Globe and Mail Report, Leafs GM Brian Burke did not ask for the head of Don Cherry.
He quotes Jeffrey Orridge, head of CBC Sports as saying: I can’t speak (for Cherry), but I can say Brian Burke specifically told me: ‘I don’t want the guy fired.’ ” Jeffrey Orridge, head of CBC Sports, said in an interview on Sunday.
Orridge did not dispute what was reported in the Globe piece, but did want to clear the air on some points.
He said the CBC-NHL meeting — including Orridge and Kirstine Stewart, CBC’s head of English services — did get “spirited” with teams voicing issues, but added that details of the meeting weren’t meant to be made public.
He said the meeting was at commissioner Gary Bettman’s invitation for an update on the CBC-NHL partnership and was in no way an early negotiating session for a rights extension.

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