Organizers of Thursday rally hope to save Preds

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 12:40am

The future of the Nashville Predators could very well be decided Thursday.

The Our Team group, headed by chairman and Nashville businessman Ron Samuels, and 104.5 The Zone, the Predators’ flagship station, will hold a Predators Rally at the Sommet Center on Broadway Thursday. Our Team has been one of the top organizations fighting to keep the Predators in Nashville.

The rally is scheduled from 6-7 p.m. with Andrea Conte, wife of Governor Phil Bredesen, will be the featured speaker. Samuels is also scheduled to speak.

Predators defenseman Ryan Suter, the first-round draft pick of the Predators in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft which was held here in Nashville, will also be on hand for the rally.

However, the drive to help the Predators sell at least 14,000 season tickets begins at 6 a.m. on 104.5 The Zone with the morning crew of Mark Howard, Kevin Ingram and Frank Wycheck on the air until 10 a.m.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Willy Daunic will team with Predators play-by-play announcer Pete Weber on the air.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be boxed lunches available for businesses who visit the Sommet Center to look over seat locations and purchase prices. Available seats will be marked. There will also be free parking at the 5th and Demonbreun garage.

From 2-6 p.m. George Plaster, sports director for 104.5 The Zone, will be joined by Darren McFarland from the afternoon Zone team along with a guest list that will include Butch Spyridion, president of the Nashville Visitors and Convention Bureau; Rick Regen, an active member of the Nashville Sports Council; and Ralph Shultz, president of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Anyone buying either a full or partial season ticket package will receive a free one-year membership in the Nashville Sports Council.

All fans are invited to the rally at 6 p.m. on the floor of the Sommet Center.

From 7-9 p.m. Plaster, Daunic and McFarland will remain on the air.

The Predators have to average 14,000 in paid attendance next season in order to prevent a new owner from moving the team. Plans are for the Our Team group to sell 3,000 season tickets before the start of the season.

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By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 7:00

2007/2008 season and the 2008/2009 season will have a Nashville Predators team. No question in my mind about it.

By: noname on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Funny that this is not mentioned anywhere on the Preds website, wonder if Craig has anything to do with that?

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I don't think the preds want you to be successfull.Why should they?Not enough morons in this city and he has the chance to make a big return on his investment.