NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Time is running out on the $193 million deal that would keep the Predators in Nashville. The problem in negotiations isn't with owner Craig Leipold, but between the investors and city officials over the arena lease.
Wednesday had been seen as the last day the Metro Nashville Sports Authority could schedule a meeting to hear and approve lease changes with further authorization also needed from the city council. The investors risk losing exclusive negotiating rights for the Predators on Oct. 31.
The investors' attorney issued a statement that they hope to conclude an agreement by Friday, then work through the authority and council on final approval. But Nashville officials aren't ready to commit to more taxpayers' money for the team without the investors agreeing first to keep the Predators in town a few years longer.
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