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Should the Preds stay in Nashville?
Tue, August 14, 2007

A local group trying to keep the Predators in Nashville is on the verge of signing a letter of intent.

Owner Craig Leipold has been working with a group of local investors to finalize a bid for the team since flying to New York on July 18 for a meeting with NHL officials.

Leipold has been trying to sell his franchise because he said he has lost $70 million since being awarded the team in June 1997.

This might mean that the team is not moving anywhere for now. Is this good news for the NHL?

Preds staying, for now



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I agree with Wayne; Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is behind this.
Rob, 2007-06-28 13:50:37

All of you people who believe that no one can stop Hamilton from getting an NHL team might want to recall the past. A group lead by the Hamilton Spectator tried to get an NHL team in Hamilton, but that ended when the Leafs and Sabres threatened to sue them. If Balsillie gets the team, he is sure to face the same issues. And even if he does bring the team to Hamilton, what then? Hamilton is no different from Winnipeg or Quebec City --- a small market with not enough corporate support or population to sustain an NHL franchise. I don't care if Bill Gates owns the team --- no one would run a team that loses money each year and keep it in the same place.
Ben, 2007-06-28 13:47:02

Let's face facts and put this issue to rest once and for all. The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres will never allow another team in there respective back yards. A large percentage of Sabres fans both attending and following them are from the Golden Horseshoe, so it would kill the team to lose that fan base. And for the Maple Leafs it's all about the $$$$$. So unfortunatley for Hamilton or any other Southern Ontario city...you will never get an NHL team.
Paul, 2007-06-28 13:44:28

Hey Ted, get out of the comment board if you cant handle it. Bettman has snubbed Canada again and again. Kansas City? Las Vegas? Come on, you musnt be Canadian even though you claim to be. We deserved another team since were the majority watching it still
Aaron, 2007-06-28 13:41:22

Canadians are a funny bunch sometimes. I'm as Canadian as they come, but some of the people on this board sound like lunatics and it makes us look bad. It's like people forgot about the state of Canadian NHL hockey 6 years ago. Every Canadian team was going to move to the States (execpt Toronto) because they couldn't make it. The only way to save them was to put in a salary cap. Guess what, it happened thanks to Bettman. I'm not defending him, but people are over reacting about this Hamilton move. "the NHL hates Canada", "Bettman hates Canada", etc. That's not the case. This was Balsillie's fault for various reasons, no one else's. So stop for a second, do some reserch, and stop sounding like morons.
Ted, 2007-06-28 13:34:00

You're damned right the NHL is snubbing Canada and Bettman is the ring leader. What do people expect with an American lawyer running the league? It's Canada's game Gary! This is where the real fans are. This is where the game truly means something. Maybe it's time that Canada boycotted the NHL. Without Canadian fans and Canadian money, the league would be in serious trouble.
Mike Webster, 2007-06-28 13:32:31

They are snubbing the move to Ontario. Why. MAPLE LEAF SPORT, which is already on board wants nothing to do with another team in their back yard. Has nothing to do with fans. Maple leaf sports owns the fans in this area and will not give them up. Nor will those fans stop being fans or paying for it. The league and owners are trying to get new fans. They only exist in the states. Non fan converted to fan equals new and more revenue (USA). Current fan changing teams does not create new revenue and only moves it from one pocket to another (Canada). The current pockets don't want to share with a new pocket. They are already in the club and have a large say. Balsillie isn't in yet but showed his cards too soon that he wants Leaf money (and raptor money since they compete for the same fans).

And Jimmy, i live in Canada, didn't say I was a billionaire. Your brain level is amazing. Where a helmet
wayne, 2007-06-28 13:25:29

We have to look at the most recent expansion teams - Ottawa, Tampa, Florida, Anaheim, Columbus, Nashville and Atlanta. Resurrecting the Senators was a no-brainer. Tampa and Flordia survive because so many Canadians flock there in the winter, Atlanta has Ted Turner's money, Anaheim had Disney (I can't remember if they still do), so that leaves Columbus and Nashville. Neither have a true fan base, which is Canadians, or large backer behind them. From what I've heard all the red tape was cleared with Buffalo and Toronto, this simply is Bettman and the NHL snubbing Canada. Balsillie and McNall are totally different - he had a team in sunny L.A., Balsillie wants to bring a team to the heart of hockey country.
Dave, 2007-06-28 13:19:53

What a shocker, Bettman putting the ki-bosh to the only country that cares about the league.

I'd love to hear the real story behind this.
Will Carson, 2007-06-28 13:14:49

Balsille did himself no favours by pushing too fast. Get the deal done then move it. He put the cart way before the horse. I don't think Bettman cares much about Canada anyways.
Doug Bundock, 2007-06-28 13:01:37

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