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Former Nuggets Exec Heading to LA Kings?

April 12, 1996

Former Denver Nuggets executive Tim Leiweke, who left the NBA job to become president and CEO of U.S. Skiing, has had talks with the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL but no offers have been made, Leiweke has confirmed.

``Nothing has been offered and there are no deadlines, but I suppose (the Kings) will have to make some decisions at some time or another,″ he told The Denver Post in Thursday’s editions.

Leiweke, 38, said he has been contacted by a half-dozen pro sports teams since he’s been with U.S. Skiing, but ``I haven’t left yet.″

``But this is different because Phil Anschutz is such a good friend,″ Leiweke told The Post.

The reference was to the Denver billionaire who, in partnership with Edward P. Roski, acquired majority ownership of the Kings franchise in October 1995. He also cited a close relationship with Bob Sanderman, the Kings’ governor, as another reason for his interest.

``I think the world of Phil Anschutz and Bob Sanderman,″ Leiweke said. ``I’d have to listen″ if an offer were made.

He said financial considerations would play a part in his decision. Leiweke is paid an estimated $150,000 a year by U.S. Skiing and his pay with an NHL franchise likely would be far greater than that.

Leiweke took the U.S. Skiing position last September when the organization was $2 million in debt and reeling from a turmoil in leadership.

U.S. Skiing has had six CEOs in the last 10 years.

Leiweke was named president of the Denver Nuggets in 1991 and later was an executive with Rocky Mountain Entertainment, the Comsat-owned firm that includes both the Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche hockey team.

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