So the National Hockey League's owners and players have come to terms on a new 10-year labor agreement. Many details still need to be worked out, but Dirk Hoag writes that it looks like the Predators' relationship with revenue sharing could change. Meanwhile, ESPN's Scott Burnside laments that it took so long to find an agreement on what was supposed to be a "tweak and a fix" and worries about some of the corporate support that has left for other sports properties.
Never mind the rest of this season in terms of generating new ad money or sponsorships, most businesses have already moved into commitments for later in their fiscal years, which would coincide with the start of the 2013-14 NHL season.
McDonald's (in the United States) was supposed to be a key NHL sponsor with an ad campaign tied to the Winter Classic, All-Star Game and other high-profile events, but it moved on and signed a two-year deal with the NFL after the lockout started.
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Local radio personality Adam Davis and station WRVW-107.5 The River have parted ways in the wake of a lawsuit filed by Davis against the Nashville Predators, radio industry news outlet AllAccess reported yesterday.
Davis, better known as Intern Adam, sued the Predators in August, claiming they were responsible for a broken ankle he sustained during a “human hockey puck” stunt. According to AllAccess, Davis hasn't been on the radio in the nine weeks since he filed the lawsuit.
“It's been a very emotional nine weeks being in limbo and not knowing my future,” Davis told AllAccess. “But now it's certain that I can find a microphone somewhere else, be it in Nashville or wherever, and continue to bring the entertainment that Intern Adam has provided for years.”
The Predators challenged Davis's lawsuit, claiming he failed to take “reasonable and ordinary care” for his safety during the stunt. The Predators included a jury demand in their response to the lawsuit.
No further filings have taken place since the Predators' response.
The NHL's lockout is now well into its first week and at least two franchises — Florida and Ottawa — have announced staff cuts to offset the loss in revenue if actual games are canceled.
Multiple sources told NashvillePost.com that employees at Bridgestone Arena — including those employed by the team, as well as its arena management arm, Powers — were told in a staff meeting that the work stoppage would not result in layoffs here.
That information was confirmed by Predators President and COO Sean Henry.
During the lost season of 2004-05, the Predators had massive layoffs. Only two NHL teams weathered that work stoppage without layoffs: the Tampa Bay Lightning — where Henry was COO — and the Dallas Stars — where CEO Jeff Cogen was president.
Country Radio Broadcasters, the industry group that each year organizes the big Country Radio Seminar gathering, has hired Bradford Hollingsworth to be its second director of brand marketing and strategic partnerships. Hollingsworth joins CRS from the Nashville Predators, where he was an account executive.