Jim Balsillie and Predators Sports and Entertainment LP are pleased to announce that Ontario hockey fans can now reserve future season tickets with priority seating. Corporate Suites are also available. Don't Miss Out!
Deposits are now being accepted and are fully refundable, first come first serve on the priority wait list.
If and when the NHL allows a team to relocate to Hamilton, a sales representative will contact you with season ticket seating location information. Seating locations will be allocated based on when the deposits were made, with earlier deposits being offered the better seating locations. At that time the depositor can choose to purchase the offered tickets or request a refund of their deposit. Deposits will be automatically refunded in the event that it is determined that the team will not be moving to Hamilton, but in any event no later than December 2009. If deposits exceed expected available seating, depositors will be placed on a priority waiting list based on when their deposits were made. Deposits will also be available at any time by requesting a refund from Ticketmaster's Customer Service Department. Interest will not be paid on refunded deposits.
Good stuff! Another Canadian team is always welcome, especially one so close to the Leafs. Hopefully now it'll give a kick in the pants to MLSE to actually put a winner on the ice in a couple of years. (Still hoping for a tank job so they'll get a lottery pick for Tavares in 2009...)
I do wish the team name would get changed from the Predators. I've never liked the name, logo and team colours, especially that one puke colour jersey. GAH!
He's telling fans in Nashville that he has a lease and that he has no intention of breaking it.
As a Vancouverite who witnessed the exact same duplicitous and underhanded behaviour from Michael Heisley with the Grizzlies, I hope the NHL does not approve the bid. There are hockey fans in Nashville and they deserve better treatment than this. The problem in Nashville is not fan support but corporate support and the fans deserve a hell of a lot better than some weazel talking out of both sides of his mouth.
He lost the Penguin deal because he was unwilling to be straight and fair to the fans ... I hope he loses this deal.
Im just glad hes moving the team out of Nashville. I do not agree that the fans in Nashville deserve better. They always had extremely poor attendance, and theres no way you can blame 5000-10000 empty seats on "a lack of corporate support" alone. The fans just didnt care. Theres a very good chance that fans in Nashville will not be able to meet the 14 000 season ticket sales minimum to keep the team in Nashville. Thus I do believe he has a good chance of moving the team.
To Hamilton? I hope not, Winnipeg is far more deserving. And I dont even like Winnipeg haha
I think the concensus of most Canadians and most hockey fans is that Winnipeg deserves NHL hockey back before Hamilton deserves it.
Luis, it is not 5000-10000 empty seats. Average paid attedance was just over13,500 which is about 5500 empty seats (not 10,000). Of which, only 4000 tickets were from local corporate support (or about 30%). Most NHL teams sell about 60% of their tickets to the corporate sector, about double Nashville. In other words, Nashville's per game individual ticket holder attendance is every bit as strong as most NHL franchises.
The fans have supported the team and deserve to be treated fairly. The Michael Heisley/Robert Irsay treatment they are getting is lacks any integrity on the part of Balsillie. It is clear that the franchise will probably have to move because it can't make inroads in the corporate sector. But the fans who have supported that team deserve better than a prospective owner talking about his commitment to the lease and to Nashville while playing footsie with Hamilton. He is a complete weasel and the NHL should do the right thing and not approve the sale.
I'm from Vancouver too and had Grizzlies season tickets and I have no problem with moving the Preds to Hamilton. Winnipeg probably does deserve a team but quite frankly I think Hamilton can support them better.
Let's not forget that Winnipeg wasn't supporting the Jets before they moved. And, the NBA has gotten what it deserves with Memphis having the lowest attendance in the NBA last year.