Potential Predators ownership group names members

Monday, August 13, 2007 at 11:46am

And now there are eight.

A source close to the Nashville ownership group has revealed the five previously unnamed members of the local group wanting to buy the Predators hockey team.

The five are Chris Cigarran of Healthways; Tom Cigarran of Healthways; Joel Dobberpuhl, an investment manager in Franklin; De Thompson V of Thompson Machinery; and John Thompson of Thompson Machinery.

They join David Freeman of 36 Venture Capital LLC., who is the leader of the group, Herb Fritch of HeatlhSprings and William “Boots” Del Biaggio of San Jose, Calif.

Freeman would not make a specific comment on the list, but did confirm its accuracy.

The majority of the equity in the team would be owned by the seven local members of the group. Freeman is the majority owner among the seven.

The local group has submitted a letter of intent and a check for $10 million for the Predators. The local group has submitted a bid of $193 million for the franchise.

The City Paper is owned by wholly owned subsidiary of Thompson Machinery.

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

Should we now expect more coverage of the Preds from the NCP?

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

I understand that the delay in the heretofore unnamed members of the purchase group coming forward was that they were trying to get up the courage to tell their wives!Nevertheless, we applaud you for your civic pride in support of the future of the Nashville Predators.

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

The one way ticket to KC is intriging.One more bad season they could be out of here and the "investors" makeing good on their investment.

By: capt4chris on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I'm inspired and impressed by the incredible support from these guys.I really hope it's a great season. I can't wait!!

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

gdiafante, very good point!

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Inherited money does not mean you are a business genius.

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

The Predators need a marketing genius…and a deep run in the playoffs. Question: If the Predators beat the Sharks in the first round, does Leipold still sell?

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

All this mess rests on Trotz's shoulders! If they had made it out of the 1st round, they would have averaged more than 14,000 and the extra money from the 2nd round games would have made Leipold happy.

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

I just heard fdanshep on 104.5. That "wives" joke just doesn't work for me.

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

I think if we had beaten the Sharks in April, Craig may not have sold. If we win that series, the 14,000 paid mark for last season is met, and he is then guaranteed his revenue sharing money. Maybe he stays in at that point, even though he had been talking to Boots and Balsillie since January.