Predators communicate with season ticket holders regarding lockout

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Nashville Predators season ticket holders received an email from the team regarding the lockout and its effect on the 2012-13 season.

Dear STH,

Below please find a letter from Predators CEO Jeff Cogen and President Sean Henry in regards to the expired Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and NHLPA. We hope for a quick resolution and look forward to having the Predators back on the ice as soon as possible. We truly value your commitment to the Predators and your role in our growth; that support has catapulted the Predators to the ranking of 14 out of 122 professional sports franchises in ESPN the Magazine’s annual Ultimate Standings list.
We thank you for your continued support through this negotiation. To that end, we will not process any outstanding payments nor will you receive any future billings until a new partnership is reached.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have and will keep you informed regarding any CBA developments. I will also keep you updated on exclusive season ticket holder events as well as all the other great happenings at Bridgestone Arena.
If you would like to reach me directly, please contact me at (Account Rep Phone).
Thanks for your continued support of the Predators!
Sincerely,
(Account Rep)

Also, from Jeff Cogen and Sean Henry:

As of today, the NHL and NHLPA have been unable to reach terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”). The NHL season will not commence until the parties agree upon a successor CBA. The National Hockey League has been, and remains, committed to negotiating around the clock to reach a new agreement that will allow for long-term success and growth for the game we all love.

Currently, we are constructing a plan that will protect and reward our most loyal fans, our Season Ticket Holders. In the hope of a quick resolution, you will be receiving your season ticket packages later this week. Additionally, we will freeze all season ticket payments until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is signed between the NHL and NHLPA. We will update you on the CBA negotiations as appropriate developments occur. Please visit nashvillepredators.com for other news regarding the Predators and Bridgestone Arena.

When the NHL season commences, your Nashville Predators are well-positioned to compete for the Stanley Cup. Our cornerstone players, Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne, are locked up for years to come while this off-season we also re-signed core veterans Hal Gill, Paul Gaustad, Sergei Kostitsyn and Mike Fisher. Veteran free agent defenseman Scott Hannan was also brought in to round out the defensive core and the maturation of future stars like Colin Wilson, Craig Smith, Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi helps create a foundation for long-term success.

We look forward to continuing to focus on our mission: building and working toward a Stanley Cup-winning Nashville Predators team as the centerpiece of Bridgestone Arena. Once a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place, we are prepared to contend for the Stanley Cup on an annual basis with a team anchored by one of the top goaltenders and top defensemen in the game.

Thank you for your support and we can’t wait for the 2012-13 season to start.

So there you go, here’s the tl;dr recap:

  • No further 2/20 or other payments will be processed until CBA resolved
  • STH packages to be sent out this week

Thoughts? Leave them in the comments below.

One Comment

  1. BillSak

    September 16, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Why did they not fight harder to keep from locking out?  Why did the ownership not dissent?