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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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This Balsillie guy is nothing more than an idiot. He screwed the Penguins over and now he's trying to buy Nashville. He's totally clueless.
ian stewart, 2007-05-24 12:26:11

Toronto could have 3 teams and they'd still sell out.

A team in the KW-Cambridge area, where RIM is located, would be ideal. It would draw from the 500,000 people locally, plus London and Hamilton. On top of all that, downtown Toronto is only an hour away, and there are many fans who can't get Leaf tickets who want to see NHL games.
Michael Fox, 2007-05-24 11:59:51

If the greater New York area can support three NHL teams, I can't see why the greater Toronto and surrounding area couldn't. The average person in Toronto won't have to travel to Ottawa or Buffalo to afford or even get a ticket to a game. And who knows a team from the Toronto area could be playing for a cup some day! I don't have a lot of faith in the current Leaf management or ownership to achieve that goal in the near future.
steve, 2007-05-24 11:53:25

hmmm and last week RIM (Mr. Balsillie's company) just bought a piece of land in Cambridge, just below the 401..let's have fun and speculate!!!!hmmmm coincidence.......
Gary Roberts, 2007-05-24 11:46:26

"Kids in Ontario growing up not being leaf fans is their worst nightmare merchandising-wise."

You mean like, in Ottawa :)

In the top level soccer league in England this year, 6 of the top 20 teams were from London (Aresenal, Charlton, Chelsea, Fulham, Tottenham and West Ham).

Had the NHL done this decades ago, Pal Hal wouldn't have stolen the childhood from millions of kids growing up.


Drop the puck, 2007-05-24 11:10:23

No way the Leafs would ever let that happen. They wouldn't be worried about game tickets they would loose, it's the merchandising and TV deals. Kids in Ontario growing up not being leaf fans is their worst nightmare merchandising-wise.
Jimmy, 2007-05-24 10:05:27

Brantford has a good central location,a team could draw from London,Hamilton,and the K-W area.I think it might also be out of the territorial reaches of Buffalo who sunk Hamilton's bid for a team.

Brantford needs an arena,but with the amount of potential revenue etc. from a team I think the community could find the political and financial will power to build a state of the art facility,not an old and weather worn arena like Copps in Hamilton.
Dave, 2007-05-24 10:01:06

I would love to see a team back in Winnipeg.

Jim Balsillie's father is from Winnipeg.
Gordon S., 2007-05-24 09:55:56

With it's rich hockey history and location Brantford should be brought to Jim Balsillies attention.
Dave, 2007-05-24 09:36:14

Hamilton, Waterloo Region , Guelph area, Halton Region, Niagara Region, Brant county accounts for about 1,975,000; then add Peel Region for over 1,000,000 more-all this equals a horde of hockey fans! Buffalo might kick up more of a fuss than Toronto, but it would be foolish as all the new hockey fans could easily travel to Buffalo for 'away' games ensuring constant sell-outs and intense 3 way rivalries!
Dan Miso, 2007-05-24 09:20:35

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