The following is a copy of my letter to the Editor of the Tennessean, sent this morning:
Reading the article about the Predators “ignoring” the terms of their lease with the City, I have a clear understanding about why your readership has fallen and continues to fall dramatically. Within the factual, technical definition of the lease, the team is in violation. The actual reason gets buried in the article: the team’s fiscal year end is June 30; the report is required July 1. Might this situation not be a problem with how the Sports Authority structured the lease and reporting requirements, rather than, as your sensationalized headline implies, a willful disregard of the lease?
The Powers Management ticket charge has nothing to do with the Predators lease, yet is lumped in with this piece of “reporting”. Frankly, this is classless and irresponsible on the part of the newspaper and its reporters.
I am tired of the hatchet jobs the Tennessean seems to want to perpetuate against the Predators. This headline was intended to cast a negative pall over the opening of what could be one of the most exciting seasons in team history. The Tennessean, in my opinion, has never been supportive of the Predators. I can look at the column space and afforded the Titans and the Vols and compare it to what is being done with the Predators, and it is obvious.
That’s your business decision.
The way you frame the coverage of the Predators is, however, unfair and unacceptable.
And that is why I am cancelling my subscription.