Buyers might seal Preds deal this week

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 2:12am

Ownership of the Nashville Predators could change as early as this Friday.

David Freeman, the point man in the group buying the Nashville Predators, told the Downtown Rotary Club that on Monday but events on Thursday could make that reality.

The NHL Board of Governors is expected to approve the Freeman group on Thursday. A special informational meeting with Metro Council is scheduled for Thursday as well. Approval of the new lease on the Sommet Center isn’t expected at that meeting, especially since nothing official has been filed.

But it could provide a “straw poll” that shows whether or not there is going to be significant opposition. No major opposition is expected and the few who express opposition will be given their due before the deal is approved in a formal process in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the local group will have the confidence to proceed with closing.

The local group’s representatives, however, have pulled a page out of Lou Holtz’s handbook for downplaying chances of victory with Metro Council and the Metro Sports Authority. But few believe the proposed new lease will fail in Council or with the authority.

Freeman said on Monday the group wanted to get the ownership change done so team management could focus and new marketing people could be hired.

The team has been without two marketing and advertising staffers for weeks and Steve Violetta, executive vice president, announced he’s leaving for the Detroit Red Wings.

Apparently, too, current owner Craig Leipold gave the local group a month extension to get a deal worked out with Metro and that is nearing the end. “It would be ungrateful to Craig” if the group didn’t close by the end of this month, Freeman said.

In addition, Leipold is contemplating other business investments, one of which could be in Nashville, and closing the sale allows him to move forward on those.

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By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Guess they know they will get no oposition from the council.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

And they shouldn't.

By: crackcitytn on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Did I hear them say this a.m. on Channel 4 they are going to have to build another arena?

By: MJB on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I'm sick of hearing about the Predators. I'm returning to football & to baseball, more interesting sports. Will the Patriots go undefeated? Will the Titans ever win again? Can they rise above the fore-ordained eight-&-eight record?

By: MJB on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Oh, and where will the Sounds wind up?

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

They will not let this thing die, will they? DAMN!

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Most cultured people don't want this Hockey thingy here. Get rid of it, it makes this city look like a third-class city and NOT a first-class city. I can only imagine the type of people that attend this event. I bet nobody who attends is wearing Hugo Boss or Armani. Need I say more?

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Um, Nashville is NOT a first class city. And you aren't cultured, you're just a bore.Bring on more hockey news. If you don't like it, don't read it. :)

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Girl please.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Save your rhetoric for someone who fits, like id.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

You are right about one thing, this is not a first-class city and will never be as long as that keep Hockey here. The point I'm making is that Hockey does not represent or attract people that would make this a first-class city.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Girl stop.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Right, hockey is keeping Nashville from being first-class. LOL

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Miss thing, you are cracking me up. Stop it.

By: CupCrazy on 12/31/69 at 6:00

NewYorker1....Is New York a first class city?? They have THREE (counting the Devils) NHL teams...Is Toronto a 1st class city?? They have the most popular franchise in the league, and the city is lauded as one of the cleanest in the WORLD..People in LA wear Armani, don't they?? LA has TWO NHL teams, the Kings and Ducks...Dallas, Phoenix, Denver, Tampa, Miami (LOTS of Armani in those cities) just to name a few that have NHL franchises...We don't care that you hate hockey, we just laugh at your ridiculous comments..idgaf, sorry that you are so depressed that the city council is going to approve this deal. Maybe you can start complaining about the sweetheart deal the Titans got..That stadium costs 5x what the Preds cost the city..

By: BigPapa on 12/31/69 at 6:00

"That stadium costs 5x what the Preds cost the city."But despite their poor record as of late the Titans are not begging people to come to the games. Also the NFL has the most prized sports franchises in the US. Hockey should never try or think about comparing themselves to the NFL until their TV ratings get past record lows.

By: Jones36 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Lack of a TV contract to start with contributes to record lows.Titans aren't begging for people to come to games, but Oakland, Jacksonville, Minnesota sure miss fans.

By: BigPapa on 12/31/69 at 6:00

When they were on on NBC their big championship drew record low rating- not just for sport.. but lowest prime time ratings EVER for NBC. NBC would have made more money by telecasting a test pattern or going blank.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Hockey doesn't translate well on television. It's really that simple.

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

By: BigPapa on 11/28/07 "That stadium costs 5x what the Preds cost the city."******************Actually the Titians cost a 22 million a year and the preds will cost us 18