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Jeremy Jacobs Denies Rumors
That Bruins Are For Sale
Document Shows Predators Minority
Owner Wanted To Relocate Team
TRUTH REVEALED: In Nashville, David Climer writes of Del Biaggio, "The man who once appeared to be a white knight intent on helping rescue a struggling NHL franchise instead was a fraud whose sole purpose was to haul the team elsewhere." Among those who "got duped" were Freeman, former Predators Owner Craig Leipold, "who fronted Del Biaggio $10[M]," and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, "who signed off on the deal" to establish Del Biaggio as a minority owner (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 7/14).
PICKING UP THE TAB: Freeman Friday said that the team's local owners will replace Del Biaggio's $9.8M "personal guarantee to Metro Nashville under the team's" Sommet Center lease. Del Biaggio is "under federal investigation and has declared bankruptcy -- a situation that puts at risk" money he would owe the Metro Sports Authority if the team breaks its lease. Freeman: "We will do it in full. Hopefully that will take care of the issue" (TENNESSEAN.com, 7/11).
In DC, Thomas Boswell reports two Nationals fans were killed Friday while riding the team's free shuttle bus from RFK Stadium to Nationals Park, when their "heads struck a freeway overpass." DC Police said that the two victims were "standing on the upper deck of the open-top bus, perhaps on the seats" (WASHINGTON POST, 7/14). The accident occurred around 8:45pm ET Friday night. The shuttle bus was part of a shuttle service the Nationals offer fans parking at the lots at RFK, "since parking around the new stadium is sparse" (MLB.com, 7/13).
76ers Launch Season-Ticket Campaign
Immediately Following Brand Signing
TICKET NOTES: In Indianapolis, Phillip Wilson reports while ticket prices for a Colts game are "skyrocketing with the arrival of Lucas Oil Stadium," the Pacers are "bucking the national trend by not raising prices for a second consecutive season." Pacers co-Owner Herb Simon said of the team's 36-46 record last season, "As an owner, when they come to you with ticket prices, the way we played last year, I'm not sure we can raise ticket prices." Pacers' tickets come in 16 prices, from $10 in the rafters to $601 courtside (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 7/14)....Titans officials said that the eight regular season home games for the upcoming '08 season "sold out in 32 minutes." LP Field's "sellout streak is now increased to 103 games" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 7/13).