NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold and representatives of the local group hoping to keep the team in Nashville were to meet Wednesday with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
Gerry Helper, vice president of communications for the Predators, confirmed Leipold and members of the local group bidding to buy the team were in New York to meet with the commissioner.
``Craig is trying to afford the local group every opportunity to put an offer in place. Beyond that, it's not appropriate to comment further,'' Helper said.
Helper would not comment when asked if the meeting was Bettman's introduction to the group of businessmen or a session that could produce a letter of intent. The group is trying to counter offers from Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie and California businessman William ``Boots'' Del Biaggio for the team.
Leipold said he's trying to sell the team after losing approximately $70 million since being awarded the expansion franchise in 1997.
The local group, which includes 36 Venture Capital CEO David Freeman, submitted a bid for the Predators in early July but hasn't discussed the amount of the bid.
Balsillie's bid of $220 million has stalled since a letter of intent signed in May, and Del Biaggio offered $190 million. Del Biaggio has an agreement with the Sprint Center to own any NHL team that relocates to Kansas City.
Herb Fritch, chief executive officer of HealthSpring Inc. in Nashville, and one of the leaders of the local group, did not immediately return a telephone message Wednesday. An attorney working with the Nashville businessmen in their bid declined to comment when reached by e-mail.
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