Hockey Tonk: The Amazing Story of the Nashville Predators

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Thomas Nelson Incorporated, 2000 - Business & Economics - 238 pages
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Since becoming an official franchise of the National Hockey League in May 1998, The Nashville Predators have gained an incredible amount of regional and national attention. In Hockey Tonk, owner Craig Leipold and Richard Oliver take readers on a fascinating journey from the birth of the Nashville Predators to the planning and execution of the team's inaugural season. From their first game in October 1998 before a sell out crowd of more than 17,000 to games being played today, the Nashville Predators have drawn a total of more than a million fans to their games. This book goes behind the scenes to describe not only how the Predators got and kept so many fans so fast, but also how they became one of the NHL's most successful expansion teams in just one season. Fans and business people alike will be interested in this amazing story.

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Two years ago Craig Leipold was virtually unknown in Nashville and the professional sports arena. Today, as the majority owner of the Nashville Predators, he is one of Nashville's most popular businessmen. Leipold is active in numerous civic and corporate organizations as well as several charities benefiting children. He has been named Nashville Sports Council "Sports Person of the Year," "1999 Father of the Year" by the Nashville Father's Day Council, and the Easter Seals "Nashvillian of the Year" following a highly successful 1998-1999 season for the Predators. He and his wife, Helen, maintain residences in Racine, Wisconsin, and Nashville, Tennessee, and are the parents of five boys.

Dr. Richard W. Oliver is an economics professor at the Owen School of Business at Vanderbilt University. In July 1999, he unveiled an economic study showing that the Predators had an $82 million impact on Nashville in 1998-1999 and projecting a $470 million impact over a five-year span.

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