We all know the Nashville Predators prize longevity and the franchise's ownership group proved so again Monday, extending the contract of General Manager David Poile through the 2014-15 campaign. Poile, who has been in his job since the Predators hit the ice 14 years ago, will have at his side Assistant GM Paul Fenton, who also has been given a new deal.
“The consistent success of the Predators on the ice is directly attributed to his ability to assemble and lead a team of management, coaches, scouts and administrators who continually identify, draft, develop and motive an exceptional group of experienced and young players. The ownership group believes that under his leadership, the Nashville Predators will soon achieve its goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”
The Nashville Predators have renewed their minor-league affiliation agreement with the Milwaukee Admirals through the 2013-'14 season. The clubs, which have been partners since the Preds' inaugural season in 1998, also have an option for the 2014-'15 campaign.
The Milwaukee Admirals have cultivated a winning tradition, as evidenced by their nine consecutive trips to the playoffs – including a Calder Cup Championship in 2004 and another appearance in the Calder Cup Finals in 2006. Led by Harris Turer, the Milwaukee ownership group has assembled a bright and dedicated staff headed by President Jon Greenberg, that has created a major league environment for our prospects.
The Cromwell Group's 102.5 The Game will be the broadcast home of the Nashville Sounds this summer, broadcasting 135 of 144 Sounds games.
"We are thrilled to partner with a growing sports station in the market and to expand our on-air broadcasts to include the majority of our games," said Sounds general manager Brad Tammen.
"We are very excited to be partnering with the Nashville Sounds. 102.5 The Game is locally owned and part of our continuing efforts is to serve the local community. Nashville Sounds baseball has been providing great sports entertainment here for over 34 years and is a perfect fit for us," said 102.5 The Game station manager Jeff Kolb.
Games not broadcast on radio include the following nine dates: April 18, April 24, May 2, May 7, May 9, May 15, June 13, June 26, and August 8. These games will be available to Sounds fans via live internet webcast based at www.nashvillesounds.com.
In addition, a few Sounds broadcasts that conflict with Nashville Predators games will instead air as a simulcast on 102.1 FM, 101.9 FM, and 830 AM. These games include: April 5, April 7, and any potential conflicting Predators playoff games.
Jeff Hem, the new "Voice of the Sounds," will be behind the microphone for all broadcasts during his first season in the Music City. He joined the club in January after spending the previous seven years with the Single-A Kane County Cougars in the Chicagoland market.
Pending Tennessee Titans free agent cornerback Cortland Finnegan sold his Riverwalk home today for $228,000, according to a filing with Davidson County Register of Deeds.
This is worth noting because Finnegan is the center of much will-he-stay-or-will-he-go speculation in the football hot-stove circles.
From a fiduciary standpoint, the sixth-year man out of Samford took a loss, having bought the Bellevue home for $272,900 in the spring of 2007.
It's worth noting this may be a pure real estate move and not an indicator of Finnegan's football future, as the 2008 All-Pro still owns property on Long Boulevard and a home in Annandale in Williamson County.
Or, of course, it could be Finnegan tying up loose ends before leaving Nashville.
The NFL's free agency period begins March 13.
The Sports Authority of Nashville and Davidson County, which owns the stadium used by the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans, is selling $35 million of taxable revenue bonds with yields near the lowest since 1994.
The authority will use $11 million to refund existing debt, saving more than $1 million, and the rest for improvements including high-definition scoreboards and an improved sound system, said Richard Riebeling, director of finance for the Nashville metropolitan government, of which the authority is part. It will be the first bond sale by the nonprofit authority since construction began on the stadium in 1997.
Thirty-five million when the project is costing $23.5 million? Riebeling, via e-mail, explains:
Earlier [Tuesday] we sold $22,860,000 in bonds to finance stadium improvements and $10,545,000 to refund 1198 bonds issued by the Sports Authority.
Folks at 501 Broadway probably aren't shedding too many tears over today's news out of Canada:
Under intense pressure from a group of shareholders, Research in Motion Ltd. is preparing to unveil a corporate shakeup at the beleaguered BlackBerry maker that could see co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie relinquish their titles as co-chairmen of the board, according to sources.
Balsillie — who famously, of course, made a play to buy the Nashville Predators and went so far as to accept season-ticket deposits for a team he didn't own under the presumption he'd be moving it to Hamilton, Ontario — and Lazaridis reduced their salary to $1 last month. But even their peppercorn gambit doesn't look like it will save their jobs.
Foremost of the criticism of Balsillie was that he was unable to adapt to the changing landscape of the handheld market with the emergence of Apple and seemed repeatedly unaware of how to stay competitive.
And what else? Ask Barry Richards, an analyst at Paradigm Capital:
It doesn't help matters that both executives are incredibly busy. Lazaridis is involved with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and Balsillie with the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Balsillie's intense focus on buying an NHL franchise in recent years likely diverted his attention, too. "Those guys are phenomenal, but they try to do too much, and there's not enough depth in the senior management around them," says Richards, who supports the company with a Buy rating on the stock.
The Nashville Sounds have hired Jeff Hem to be the play-by-play broadcaster for every game of the 2012 season. Hem, 29, comes to Nashville from the Kane County Cougars, the single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
During baseball off-seasons, Hem gained additional experience behind the mic while broadcasting high school football and basketball for schools in the greater Chicagoland area. In addition, he co-hosted a two-hour radio sports show, “The Big Sports Report,” which discussed the Chicago sports scene and included interviews with various athletes, media, and sports personalities.
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