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Vladimir Putin

Peddie, Richard

The state of basketball in Toronto. Some recent controversy. The speaker's strong belief that the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club can be right alongside the Leafs as Toronto's team of the 21st century. Reasons for that belief. Six powerful points that support his hypothesis, with a short discussion of each: that basketball is being played all over the world and this helps us in Toronto; basketball participation across all Canadians has showed significant growth in the last four years to the point where it is now the fastest growing team sport in Canada; today's sports and entertainment consumers have changed; the NBA brand; Allan Slaight's sale of the majority control of the Raptors to Maple Leaf Gardens; the Air Canada Centre. How the Raptors plan to build upon these opportunities. A quote from the "Soul of the Game" by Peewee Kirkland that captures the simply beauty and profound impact basketball can have on future generations.

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