NHL offer, hope for full season cheered by Nashville businesses

After the NHL made an offer calling for a 50/50 revenue split that would not roll back existing contracts and would preserve an 82 game season, businesses and those in the sports industry cheer the progress in the league’s ongoing lockout.

“We’re playing hockey,” said Robin Henderson, senior vice president of the sports and entertainment division forCapStar Bank, predicted. “I don’t think if you asked anybody really who is in the know that it would break this fast. I think the players are ready to play hockey.”

Jim Templeman, manager at Bailey’s Sports Grille downtown, said the loss of theNashville Predators’ preseason has contributed to a 15 percent drop in sales compared to preseason game nights last year. Progress made toward an agreement is welcomed news, he said.

“Being within a block of the arena, we get about a 25 percent jump” on game nights, he said.

The lockout has postponed the start of the hockey season, which was to begin Oct. 11. The league’s last lockout, in 2004-05, canceled the entire season.

 Staff Writer- Nashville Business Journal

Jamie McGee covers tourism, entertainment and technology.

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