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Del Biaggio Was Talking Up Predators Move Earlier This Year
Published July 14, 2008
|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).