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Preds owners reach deal to buy Del Biaggio's shares

NHL.com
Nashville Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran announced Wednesday the club's ownership group has signed an agreement with the bankruptcy trustee to acquire Forecheck Investments LLC, the entity containing ownership shares in the franchise held by the William "Boots" Del Biaggio bankruptcy estate.

The agreement has been approved by the creditors' committee and has been submitted to the bankruptcy court for final approval. Upon securing approvals from the court, the NHL, the team's lender, and the Sports Authority, the team expects to complete the purchase in August. The shares are being purchased by Predators Holdings LLC through funding from the local ownership group.

"This is a significant step forward to strengthen our franchise's financial position," Cigarran said. "We have worked with Todd Neilson (trustee for the Del Biaggio estate) to arrive at reasonable terms. This transaction eliminates a significant future liability and allows the Predators to move forward. We are pleased that Warren Woo (who originally joined the ownership group through a minority investment in Forecheck Investments) will continue his involvement in our ownership group. He brings keen insight and knowledge of business and hockey to our group."

The Predators' ownership group is purchasing Del Biaggio's $25 million ownership stake for $15.2 million. In addition, the organization has agreed to withdraw its damage claims against the estate.

Upon completion of this transaction, Predators Holdings, LLC will consist of: Tom Cigarran (Chairman), Herb Fritch, Joel and Holly Dobberpuhl, David Freeman, Chris Cigarran, De Thompson V, John Thompson and Warren Woo. Predators Holdings LLC originally purchased the Predators in December 2007.
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