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Sports Authority Approves Sommet Center Name Change

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Metro Sports Authority said during a meeting Thursday morning that the Nashville Predators can choose to either change the name of the Sommet Center or work with the Sommet Group in order to keep their agreement.

This comes one week after The Nashville Predators Hockey Club announced it had terminated the naming rights agreement with the Sommet Group of Tennessee, because the group has not been paying.

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The Sommet Group admitted they have withheld payments, because they said the hockey club has not been acting like a partner.

Statement of Brian Whitfield, Managing Partner, Sommet Group

Then at the last minute Thursday, the Sommet Group said they want to work with the Predators, so they can keep their agreement. The Predators said they would give the group time to work out a deal.

The downtown Nashville arena where the Predators play became known as the Sommet Center in May 2007. The arena has also been know as the Gaylord Entertainment Center, when the hospitality company bought the naming rights and was a minority owner of the NHL franchise. 

If the Predators decide to change the name of the Sommet Center, it would once again be called the Nashville Arena.

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