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Freeman Says Preds Are Making Strides Under Local Ownership

Predators Owner Confident That Team Can 
Top Attendance Benchmark For Revenue Sharing
Predators Owner David Freeman believes the organization "has made business strides in its first offseason under local ownership," according to John Glennon of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Freeman also "does not believe the team will be harmed" by the resolution of Predators investor William "Boots" Del Biaggio's ongoing bankruptcy court proceedings and is "confident the team will hit the 14,000 average paid attendance mark necessary to qualify for the NHL's full revenue-sharing package this season." Freeman: "This is going to be a year where our goals are higher and our expectations are higher. Just hitting 14,000 is not going to put a smile on our face and neither will losing in the first round of the playoffs. This is the year we hope to take that next step. We're trying to build a franchise with long-term stability and long-term prosperity." Predators President of Business Operations Ed Lang added the goal is to "greatly exceed" the 14,000 average. Lang: "Hopefully we can talk about sold-out buildings or sold-out games instead of seeing whether we're at 14,000 or 13,900." The team has not disclosed its season-ticket renewal rate, but Lang said that the team is "slightly behind on their season-ticket goals." However, it is "well ahead of group-sales goals." Lang said that the Predators "expect to announce some new business deals in the next few weeks." Lang: "Over the next six weeks, we've got a lot of things planned because the ownership group has committed to spending more dollars to promote ticket sales. ... There will be radio, print and billboard advertising the next few weeks and television will follow the week of the 20th" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 9/14).

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