Friday, March 30, 2012

Ken King Is The President Of The Flames, The Hitmen, The Roughnecks, And Now The Stampeders.

He is also the GM of the Calgary Flames. I've made this case a million times, but the most crystal example of it was, kinda appropriately as I was talking about it yesterday, the Jay Feaster Heel Turn. Jay Feaster pretty explicitly stated that if the team didn't play better in the games before the trade deadline, he was going to trade people. Specifically he was going to trade 'Veterans'. Funny enough, the team's play did not improve. And then Jay Feaster didn't trade anybody. Hmm.

It kinda looked like he had been slapped down, had his decision vetoed, by his immediate superior, Ken King. Which would essentially make Ken King the de facto GM of the team, as it appears he has final say on player personnel decisions.

Which raises the concern about the way the whole Calgary Sports And Entertainment thang is ran, right?

If you check out the Flames website, they have a page that lists the current management structure of the team. Ken King is listed as the President and CEO. If you go to the Roughnecks site, they list the current management structure too. Ken King, President and CEO. Check out the Hitmen's site, same thing. Ken King, President and CEO. According to this article, Ken King is also going to sit on the Stampeders executive board as well. 

The only front office King doesn't belong to is the Heat's, apparently.

Which is fine and well within his rights. The issue isn't that Ken King wants to be Larry Tanenbaum. The issue is that he also wants to be Brian Burke as well.

 The Oak Ridge Boys can explain it:



Exactly, right? "At best it's only half good. A man can't stock two shelves."

Ken King, if he is going to be on the executive's of all these companies, probably should give up the hat of GM for the hockey team as well. Or, if he wants, he should run the hockey team, and give up his position on the executives of all these other properties.

Let's take a look at what I take to be the current management structure of MLSE. (I say that because there is that whole 'The Teachers Sold Their Stake' thang going on, and also because the management team listed from the Raptors website is slightly different from the Leafs website, and I am going to go with the Leafs website. The difference's concern the makeup of the board of MLSE itself. Raptors. Leafs.)


I made a mistake. King wants to be both Tom Anselmi and Brian Burke. My bad.

If you look, it seems the way the MLSE has it set up is that Brian Burke runs the Leafs completely. Brian Colangelo runs the Raptors completely. Brian Burke is not also on the executive board of Toronto FC and the Marlies. Brian Burke is also not involved in Broadcast and Content, Finance, Ticket Sales, etc.

If Ken King is essentially the CEO of Calgary Flames Sports & Entertainment, it would seem to make sense that he not also be the President of the Flames, the President of the Hitmen, the President of the Roughnecks, and the President of the Stamps. Factor in the fact, illustrated by the Jay Feaster Temper Tantrum, that he doesn't trust the GM of the hockey club and has to act as a supervisor there, it would seem to be an easy case to make that Ken King simple has too much on his plate. FAT JOKE!

As Flames Corp makes its transition to Calgary Flames Sports And Entertainment, I can only hope that the murky management structure that exists now gets cleaned up a bit. Hopefully Ken King can find, or is forced to find, someone he can trust to be President and GM of the hockey team. Hopefully he can find someone he can trust to be President and GM of the Roughnecks, and the same goes for the Hitmen.

Because as it is now, it appears that King is COO, VP of Ticket Sales & Service, Finance, Business Partnerships, Broadcast & Content, People, President & GM of the Flames, President of the Hitmen, President of the Roughnecks, President of the Stampeders, and also the manager of their various bars and restaurant properties.

Which seems like a few hats too many.
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From the article detailing the Flames acquisition of the Stamps:

"The Flames will lend their manpower and expertise to “ticket sales, marketing, human resources, promotions,” said King, who was asked if he was going to be involved in any football decisions. He answered no, saying that would be handled by general manager/head coach John Hufnagel, who received a five-year contract extension Thursday. 

Hufnagel insisted “everything is the way it has been,” meaning he has final say in all football-related decisions. That should calm some of the immediate concerns in Calgary; that the Flames have more than enough on their hands trying to fix a hockey team about to miss the playoffs for the third year in a row."

It appears they are going to have Hufnagel be President and GM of the Stamps. I'd like a reporter to man up and ask Ken King if he was going to still be involved in hockey operations, now that he has all these other responsibilities on his plate. I'd like a reporter to ask King if Feaster has final say on hockey decisions. And if he doesn't, why not? Why does Hufnagel get autonomous reign but not Feaster?

I think the answers to those questions would be interesting. But it is Calgary sports media, right? I won't hold my breath.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.

4 comments:

  1. "Jay Feaster pretty explicitly stated that if the team didn't play better in the games before the trade deadline, he was going to trade people. Specifically he was going to trade 'Veterans'. Funny enough, the team's play did not improve. And then Jay Feaster didn't trade anybody. Hmm.

    It kinda looked like he had been slapped down, had his decision vetoed, by his immediate superior, Ken King."

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    More likely, DB, is that no other team wants any of our "veterans"; I'm sure the league view of Flames players is pretty toxic at this point.

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  2. First order of business should be re-hiring Fred Fateri.

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  3. I have the sneaking suspicion that ownership, mostly Edwards, has a lot more input into personal decisions than people realize.

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