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
We have 35% or our ticket sales to company acounts and 65% of our sales to normal fans like my daughter and me. There are 5 sheets of ice in Nashville and youth hockey is so large that new teams are turned away, there are NO PRACTICE TIMES AVAILABLE.
Many of you are absolutely correct, if you just look at the number of tickets sold, and say Nashville is a weak hockey town, but the hockey model in most markets is box sales and the majority of lower bowl ticket sales to company accounts, and upper arena and some lower bowl to individual fans. In Nashville the normal "Joe" fans predominate, its the corporate sales that are weak.
Nashville, when you speak of hockey ticket purchasing fans, absolutely supports the Predators (about 9,000 individual ticket purchase fans a game), but Nashville corporate does not.
So bear with me for a moment more. Starting 10 years ago, we have had thousands of kids in youth and high school hockey leagues. In just a few more years those kids will be a mass of 30+ year olds, the rising leaders of the community. So, I believe, as do many other Nashvillians, that Nashville will transition from a town in which average nightly hockey attendance is 13,600 (split roughly ~ 4,000 corporate and 9,000 individual)to 16,000 (split roughly ~ 6,000 corporate and 10,000 individual). Now that is good for hockey and good for Nashville and good for the Preds.
Alex J, 2007-08-04 08:23:29
THE 50 MILE RADIUS IS A STAIGHT LINE. THEY ACTUALLY USE A COMPASS ON A MAP. I didn't think you would understand what that is. Cars travel on roads that don't go straight. Jim Kelly is as dumb as you. Buffalo and Toronto Vetoed the Hamilton bid a long time ago when they built cops collesium. But now they don't have that right, what ever.
Coffee time can do what ever they like, but you can't build a tims next to another by another owner. See the, if the OHL wants to put a team in the building next to the leafs they can. The NHL can't sell another franchise there, its in their rules.
Ted, you are right, it is a league franchise rule made up in a legal document called a contract between owners and the league. If you break that rule, you are in violation of contract law and will end up in court with a large lawsuit.
If the NHL allowed a team in Hamilton. Buffalo and Toronto would sue the NHL for huge bucks. The NHL gets all its money from the franchises. They would then collect it all from every team to pay thise two teams. There fore every team votes not to have a team in Hamilton.
wayne, 2007-08-04 07:29:32
Sure there may be a handfull of teams in the states that are really hurting, but not so long ago that was just about every canadian team, so what about back then did you want thouse teams to be picked up and moved into southern ontario. They stayed they got stronger, and if the NHL pulls out of some of the markets they are in now, they are admitting defeat giving up on the team, the city and the fans hurting the league by not giving it a chance. Not to mention you move the team out of the area you lose exposure. As for some of the other american markets that have been interested in teams, why not it makes the league more accessible to fans that would have to travel more then 2 hours to see a game.
Bettman is trying to grow the league, and you do not do that by putting all your eggs in one basket. Not to mention the owners of the team, sure he could have sold to basillie for more money, but would have made finacial sence, but he didn't becuase no one outside of basillie and people in southern ontario want another team in the southern ontario region. Now had basillie wanted to move a team into Winnipeg things would have been different. No one in their right mind can say that Hamilton/southern Ontario deserves another team over Winnipeg.
Think what is best for the overall health of the league and what is best for the majority of its fans, not what is best for you in your area. Once you realize thouse things you will realize that moving a team into Hamilton/southern ontario is a poor move, and a poor choice, and that keeping a team out of the area just makes sound logical sence.
Mike, 2007-08-03 16:15:23
Jimmy, 2007-08-03 14:17:35
You know nothing and as usual are proven wrong yet again.
You dont measure the distance with a map and a piece of string LMAO.
Jimmy, 2007-08-03 14:08:52
New York city has a population of 50 million plus within 1 hour drive. Canada has 32 million spread over 3000 miles.
wayne, 2007-08-03 11:38:25
Are you nuts? Southern Ontario is far from a saturated market. Toronto alone could house 4 NHL teams and fill the rinks every day, it's just that the Leafs have vetoed every move to limit competition. Right now I'd guess that 90% of the Leaf fans that want to go to the occasional game don't even try because they can't get tickets. Heck, if you go to a Habs game in Montreal probably 20% of the crowd are Leaf fans, a lot of who bus it from TO because they can't get tickets there.
It's ridiculous that New York has 2 teams and a third nearby when probably 1% of the population even cares about hockey at all. Toronto is a smaller city but I'd guess 60% of the people there would like to take in an NHL game.
The system should be modified so that a) if someone wants to move in they pay a $20 million or so penalty to the nearby teams and they are in or b) the existing team has to demonstrate loss of business to get any remuneration. I don't think the Leafs could show they were hurt, but I'm sure Buffalo could.
Anyway, I think that Hamilton and Winnipeg should both have teams and they should stop forcing the issue by pushing teams where they hope one day to have a fan base. I say entertain the fans you have now.
Rick W., 2007-08-03 10:30:00