Thursday, May 24, 2007

They're Gone

I'm not feeling entirely rational about this. Here's the letter from Craig Leipold that I got in my mailbox this evening. There are a number of hurdles left, but if Mr. Leipold has given up, there's no one else to champion us. We need a miracle.


At 5/25/2007 09:01:00 AM, Blogger Kennelworthy said...

I certainly think you can say that Leipold had more reason to want to make this team work in this city than some Canadian billionaire (who already tried to buy and move another team) would. You can't tell me with a straight face that the new owner is buying this team with the intention of doing any and everything he can to make it work in Nashville.

I may be guilty of a bit of Chicken Little thinking here...but it sure feels like the sky is falling. Everyone seems to want the team to stay, but not enough to actually buy tickets and go to games.

This sale is basically the first giant step out of town.

At 5/25/2007 10:20:00 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Exactly. I think the only chance we have is to get the attendance up. Maybe this is what can make the corporations realize that an NHL team in town is a nice plus to have. And certainly I'm more interested in making a few games next year. But those are faint hopes.

At 5/25/2007 11:23:00 AM, Blogger Kennelworthy said...

Yeah. I mean, I think the team was dangerously close to leaving whether Leipold sells the team or not. I think the local business community and fans have the power to give a show of force with ticket sales this next year...

...but even that might not have been enough, even prior to the sale. The fact that Leipold--who has courted this town's businesses for a decade--is ready to quit trying is a strong signal that there's little to no chance of it happening.


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