Losing its ESPN Radio affiliation before September began? No big deal. Losing its biggest personality halfway through the month? Psha, as if. Radio-Info.com points out that WGFX 104.5 The Zone still has the Tennessee Titans and everybody in sports business knows the NFL towers over all: The Zone's share jumped two full points last month.
A group of landowners that includes Cherokee Equity and construction materials company LoJac has come forward with a proposal to build a new ballpark for the Nashville Sounds between the Cumberland River and Interstate 24 north of the Jefferson Street bridge. They say the land comes with tremendous opportunities to produce related development in a part of town that can use it.
“The North End seems to us to provide a central location with great sight lines and interstate access, is located on Jefferson Street and has a massive potential upside for … [ancillary] projects that generate jobs, tax revenue and increase the city's tax base,” he added.
Cleats are beginning to drop as Nashville aims for its third Arena Football franchise.
The Tulsa World is reporting that city's AFL franchise, the Talons, is all but packed up and set for a move to San Antonio. Tulsa's franchise is at the forefront of most relocation rumors in the indoor football league and San Antonio seen as a top candidate, though there was some speculation San Antonio would be granted an expansion franchise.
From Mike Brown at the World:
Ross said moving to San Antonio "is one of four options, but nothing is etched in stone. We've got our letters of credit in with the league and we're going to do something."
He said simply shutting down the franchise is not an option "because we've come too far for that."
A source told the Tulsa World "it would not be inaccurate to report that the Tulsa franchise will be relocated to San Antonio."
The World also confirmed the existence of three rough-draft schedules for the upcoming season, one of which includes a Nashville franchise. Predators COO Sean Henry has said Bridgestone Arena is aiming for a 2013 start for a new team.
The Talons' move to the AlamoDome, though, doesn't leave Nashville in the lurch. The Dallas Vigilantes have sprung to the fore as the likely new gridiron tenant at Fifth and Broad, first reported on an Arena Football fan site.