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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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Oh and jimmy, The Us has a lot more billionaires. I visit my uncle at Isleworth in Orlando a few times a year and the foursomes and parties I attend

generally have at least 1 billionaire since the gated community has a number living there.
wayne, 2007-06-27 09:03:45

Jimmy thank you for pointing out your genius. Yes I see how it is progressing exactly as you say. NHL isn't blocking. Leafs aren't blocking. Sports writers writing about the leafs blocking or charging astronomical sums for team to enter their zone aren't happening. People throwing $650K a year away because its chump change. Ya I'm sure when his bottom line swings $650K he just ignores it because its chump change. Threatening to sue the organization you are about to enter and share revenue with over existing contracts that make the other people money but not you aloways goes over well. Wonder why i never see you in the board room? Keep dreaming Jimmy, its all you have. Next time I'm golfing with Joe Louis I'll ignore him because he doesn't exist. I'll also ignore that he brings his own water because he thinks its absurd to pay $5 for bottled water (sorry thats chump change)
wayne, 2007-06-27 08:05:44

Wayne you know nothing about nothing. Hamilton will get the Preds after next season.

Wayne you make about as much sense as a 5 year child that thinks he knows everything. I am sure you know a few billionaires and I am Bill Gates nephew LOL.

Mr.Basillie's lawyer was on a Toronto sports tv / radio show and explained everything in regards to moving the team to Hamilton and Toronto probably wont get to veto it much less Buffalo that is outside the 50 mile radius but I am sure you will tell us Bufalo is in the limits. I didnt know you have access to the NHL By-Laws Wayne I guess you are Mr.Basillie's lawyer to LOL. When the Preds move to Hamilton and Toronto tries to block it Mr. Basillie could sue the NHL like Al Davis sued the NFL when he wanted to move the Raiders and the NFL said no, guess what Al Davis won in court and moved his team. Wayne read slowly I said $ 6.4 million to someone like Mr.Basillie is small change not me, just another mistake you made but I am sure you do know a few billionaires even though there are only a handful in Canada and you know them, thats hilarious Wayne LOL.

Go Hamilton Preds!!!!
Jimmy, 2007-06-26 17:06:20

Ted LA has a population of $30M. New York has a population of $30M. Don't compare US cities to Canada. You fuel the arguement of US expansion. They have 10 times the population (fans with money) a 1% increase in fans there is equal to 10% here. Much easier to get 1%

increase than 10%, so they target US. thats business thinking.
wayne, 2007-06-26 12:53:19

For your answer ted. Read the star today
wayne, 2007-06-26 12:46:04

Smart guy, rich guy. I think he'll get a team. True, the Leafs and Sabres hold "veto" power over a Hamilton deal, but I would question whether or not that provision is even legal. If the Leafs were smart (did I just say that out loud??) then they'd welcome another team in soputhern Ontario. Ottawa has helped, not hurt the Leafs. Heck, there could even be another team in Toronto - why has no one explored that idea? New York has two teams...the LA area has two teams. Surely TO could.
Ted, 2007-06-26 12:08:36

Oh brilliant one. That is why you are not rich. Nothing is chump change to anyone. Its chump change to you because you don't have it. How many billionairs do you know. I know a few and they nickel and dime more than millionaires. And they will tell you that is why they are so rich. I have cheap stories longer than the QEW for freinds and family doing anything to save a buck or make a buck.

NHL By-laws also state the leafs and sabres have to agree to a team in their area (veto right) which will never happen. RIM ya . HA
wayne, 2007-06-26 10:24:09

Wayne you are wrong yet again. Mr.Basillie doesnt need the deposit money people put down on tickets for the Hamilton Preds. The figure released was $ 6.4 million for seats and private boxes. That is pocket change for him as his net worth is $ 1.6 billion. He had to get people to put deposits down for reserve seating and private boxes so he can show the other owners that people will support him in Hamilton. Its in the NHL by-laws as was getting a lease agreement with the city. Mr.Basillie has done everything that the NHL by-laws says he needs to do to move the team to Hamilton. Why would anyone want to leave the team in Nashville when they get less than 14,000 a game for a team that almost came first overall in the league ? Mr.Basillie is a very intelligent businessman that knows exactly what he is doing and what he needs to do to so he can move the team to Hamilton. The land he purchased in the K-W area isnt for a new arena, its for expansion of his company RIM! Time to wake up and smell the coffee Wayne because you really have no clue whats going on, trying reading a newspaper or watching the sports channels then you will have a better understanding of what Mr.Basillie is doing and why.
Jimmy, 2007-06-26 09:32:05

You guys don't have a clue. Do you know how people get rich. They use other peoples money to make them money. When 16000 people put $500+ per seat down, what do you think smart rich people do with it? Let it sit there. Calculate the interest on that. If it falls through you get your money back, not the interest. Stick with your love of hockey. Keep your fantasies and dreams. Let Balsilie offer $240M for a team that had only one bidder that dropped out @ $175M. Let the league (leafs) hold that deal up (its still alive). Watch the team not go to hamilton but because of the enthusiasm shown, allows him to get a better deal in nashville with the threat or it shows that the product is viable in ontario and he gets his new arena blessed outside the sabre and leaf zone in his new land in waterloo.
wayne, 2007-06-26 08:13:18

Mike you are wrong. How many times do American cities get a second chance ? I guess you arent aware that there was a team in Kansas City before, back in the mid to late 70's that is known today as the New Jersey Devils after a stop in Colarado when they were the Rockies and before that the Scouts in Kansas City. Hamilton can support an NHL team as this area is the third highest populated in Ontario with 5 - 6 million people in the golden horseshoe within an hours drive of Hamilton. Of course having the Preds here would force the Leafs to wake up start putting a better team on the ice, if they dont they will lose fans to Hamilton that will be a serious cup contender and also to the Raptors who are an up and coming team. Mike try checking the attendance figures for these teams : Atlanta, Carolina, New Jersey, NY Islanders, St.Louis, Phoenix, LA Kings, Florida Panthers, Washington. If the lock out didnt happen at least 2 maybe 3 of them teams would have folded. Both Atlanta and Kansas City has teams back in the 70's that failed thats how Calgary got the Flames and New Jersey got the Kansas City Scouts after a brief stop in Colarado. So I guess your idea Mike is to put an NHL team in every American market and see if it sinks or swims ? Thats not how business is done, you have to know before if it will work and Kansas failed as is Atlanta again. Las Vegas might work only because Jerry Bruckheimer would be the owner and he could afford to have a team that didnt sell out. NHL hockey didnt even make the top ten sports Americans watch so that tells me how much hockey means to them. You would think hockey would be the number 4 after Major League Baseball, NFL and the NBA but it wasnt there were 6 sports ahead of hockey if you count tractor pulling a sport lol. Mike you should do your research about the NHL failed attempts( Kansas and Atlanta ) and teams struggling like the several I mentioned earlier. One more thing Mike, the new arena in Winnipeg isnt big enough seat wise for an NHL team as it has less than 15,000 seats so it would need renovations to add more seats even though its almost brand new.
Jimmy, 2007-06-25 22:52:36

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