Next Sports Authority agenda has no Preds item

Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 1:27am

The Metro Sports Authority will meet next Tuesday, but will do so without taking up an agreement between the Mayor’s Office and the prospective Predators buyers over changes to the team’s lease of the Sommet Center.

The Predators deal is not on the agenda for next Tuesday’s Sports Authority meeting, presumably because the entire deal has not been written out, leaving the Sports Authority with nothing to consider formally.

Yet individual members of the Sports Authority have been looking closely at what is being called the “terms sheet” — not the formal agreement, but the agreed upon terms of the deal – that was provided last week to the Metro Council.

It remained unclear if those terms will be discussed at the Dec. 11 Sports Authority meeting. The agenda was absent of any mention of changes to the Predators lease, but it could come up in some manner under “other business.”

Unless the entire deal is written out or the current Sports Authority meeting schedule changes, the absence of the Sports Authority’s consideration of the Predators deal means it will be at least after the first of the year that both the Sports Authority and the Metro Council begin the process of signing off on the eventual agreement.

There has already been speculation that the review by both Metro bodies could be more substantive than just a quick yes-or-no vote.

At last week’s Metro Council preview, Sports Authority Chairman Kevin Lavender said the Sports Authority may indeed seek to “tweak” the eventual agreement.

Any changes to the agreement would need to then be signed off on by the buyers and the city — which has been represented by Mayor Karl Dean’s office.

The Sports Authority will have the opportunity to consider the agreement ahead of the Metro Council.

It remained uncertain when formal documents beyond the terms sheet will begin finding their way to the Sports Authority.

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