TO CATCH A PREDATOR

THE NASHVILLE SCENE
Apr 24, 2008

The Tennessean’s coverage of the Predators’ sale is critiqued. One of the few people who asked—and tried to answer—that question is Scene freelancer and Vanderbilt business professor BRUCE BARRY, who, to his credit, is not a trained journalist. Barry pointed to the lack of objective data showing the economic impact the Predators have had on the Nashville economy and cited a recent study that concluded pro sports franchises rarely do a thing to generate local spending. More importantly, Barry revealed the deceptive economics of pro sports in which gullible cities like Nashville fund a franchise that can’t turn an operating profit, allowing its owners to inflate its assets and sell it for a tidy profit.