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by Paul on 08/25/07 at 04:44 PM ET
from Evan Weiner at MCN Sports,
It was nearly 12 years ago when New Jersey Devils owner Dr. John McMullen, who was one of the smartest men ever to own a major league sports franchise, was trying to explain his decision to stay in New Jersey after being offered a deal to move the 1995 Stanley Cup Champions to Nashville, Tennessee….
McMullen never said anything derogatory about Nashville but it was clear from his tone that he didn’t think a National Hockey League franchise in Music City could work and that was before Mayor Phil Bredesen enticed Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams to move his NFL team to the city.
But he made one prediction. Cities would start paying owners cash to keep teams within their boundaries. McMullen was a prophet. His words came to pass within two years….
Freeman’s group wants the city to give them about $3 million annually to help minimize financial losses incurred by the team. The group also wants to take over full responsibility for incentives to improve the Nashville arena’s financial performance and it also wants the city to guarantee that there will be 14,000 paid admissions for each Predators home game so that the ownership group does not lose NHL revenue sharing.
While Freeman and his group’s demands seems a bit outrageous, Freeman and his group are not reinventing the wheel. All they are doing is copying what Tom Benson did in New Orleans and what Alex Spanos accomplished in San Diego.
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