So Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has bought, or at least signed a letter of intent to buy the Nashville Predators. Balsillie the inventor of the Blackberry had already tried to buy the Pittsburg Penguins this year when he backed out because the NHL said that if he bought the team he was not allowed to relocate them. However, things in
1) The Predators actually have an out in their lease agreement that if they do not average 14,000 paid attendance a game the owner is allowed to relocate for 18 million dollars
This past year they were 25th in the league with an average attendance of 14,428. However, as the Hockey News Points out that in the attendance with the freebie tickets thrown in. The actually paid attendance was around 12,000.
3) The Predators are having an exceedingly tough time selling their game not only to the fans but to the corporate sponsors that are in
I think that the NHL should hopefully right some of the wrongs that have been done in the past. Approve the sale to Balsillie. Let him take advantage of the lease agreement in