Saturday, June 17, 2006

Preds vs. Nashville -- "Ugly"

What did I say four days ago?

I said something smells bad about the situation in Nashville. I called it "ugly".

Well, now the Tennessean is calling "ugly", too. I've read this article more than once and The Tennessean's David Climer does an excellent job of telling the story.
Ugly game is a faceoff of lawyers

I love Climer's reference to Warren Zevon's Lawyers, Guns and Money. The bottom line is summed up in these two paragraphs:

Metro attorneys want the Preds to pony up with a $10 million letter of credit or some other means of financial assurance that they say would bring the team into compliance with the "tangible net worth" portion of the original contract with the city.

Predators attorneys countered with a letter this week demanding the city pay more than $1 million to cover bonus fees to Powers Management, which runs the downtown arena, and buy equipment for the facility.

Climer even asks the question KC-ians want to hear.

Are the Predators in this for the long haul? And do enough people in the area care about hockey and/or the Preds to make this marriage work in the long term?

Attendance for Predators' games is a good news/bad new scenario. Attendance is up, however paid attendance is still below the break-even level (rumored to be about 13,000)

After three years of declining attendance in the seasons before the lockout, Preds officials indicated attendance was up roughly 10 percent this season. But paid attendance — not including complimentary tickets, which often number well into four figures for weeknight games — remained below 13,000 a game.

That set off an alarm.

And there's nothing like an alarm to wake up the lawyers.

Perhaps familiarity breeds contempt, but I just don't see this kind of reporting in the KC sports page.


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