And now there are eight.
A source close to the Nashville ownership group has revealed the five previously unnamed members of the local group wanting to buy the Predators hockey team.
The five are Chris Cigarran of Healthways; Tom Cigarran of Healthways; Joel Dobberpuhl, an investment manager in Franklin; De Thompson V of Thompson Machinery; and John Thompson of Thompson Machinery.
They join David Freeman of 36 Venture Capital LLC., who is the leader of the group, Herb Fritch of HeatlhSprings and William “Boots” Del Biaggio of San Jose, Calif.
Freeman would not make a specific comment on the list, but did confirm its accuracy.
The majority of the equity in the team would be owned by the seven local members of the group. Freeman is the majority owner among the seven.
The local group has submitted a letter of intent and a check for $10 million for the Predators. The local group has submitted a bid of $193 million for the franchise.
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