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Predators Could Exercise Option To Leave Town

Nashville may be buying thousands of hockey tickets to make sure the Predators don't leave Middle Tennessee.

The Predators' lease at Nashville Arena has a clause that allows the team to leave town if they don't break even with ticket sales.

Team owners could decide over the next two months if they want to exercise that clause in their lease with the city.

If the Preds don't average more than 14,000 in paid attendance for home games then the city has to come up with the money to pay the difference.

If the city decides it doesn't want to pay for the tickets the team could pay an exit fee and leave Nashville. The exit fee would be about $18 million.

The team's owner has said the Preds aren't going anywhere, but in a recent interview with the Tennessean, Craig Leipold said they have 60 days to determine whether they want to go that route and that it's certainly up for discussion.

The Preds must meet attendance requirements from the NHL to get their piece of the league's revenue sharing program. Last year the team got $10 million from the league.

The money helps them recruit and sign big names for the team.

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