Preds secure new corporate sponsor

Local company steps up with a deal that helps the team on ticket sales and revenue

The Nashville Predators have picked up another savior of sorts.

Dolphini Networks has struck a five-year corporate sponsorship deal with the Predators to bring in more money that will help some in narrowing the team's operating losses.

"Basically, the intention is to help Nashville," said Michael Krause, Dolphini's chief executive officer.

As part of the deal, Dolphini, which provides web hosting, data center, Internet and telecommunications services, will provide the team with Internet support, voice over Internet protocol services and, down the road, wireless simulcast of games within the building. The latter would allow fans to receive feeds from cameras following their favorite players. Dolphini will run fiber-optic cable from its Cummins Station headquarters to Sommet Center.

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is providing the services at reduced prices as a way to support the team in addition to paying for the sponsorship. "This deal is probably costing me over $100,000 a year to help" above the services that will be provided, Krause said.

One benefit Dolphini will receive is about $25,000 in tickets annually over for the all-inclusive zone in the arena each year, Krause said. He added that the tickets have already been allocated for clients and employees.

Steve Violetta, executive vice president with the Predators, said those tickets will be counted as paid attendance. That means a boost in the more than 9,000 seasons tickets that have been sold so far and will help with getting the average paid nightly attendance to 14,000.

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