about how Tennessean
columnist Gail Kerr has consistently shilled for David Freeman and the other wealthy owners of the Nashville Predators, allowing them to collect a $7.4 million annual handout from the city without having to break a sweat. She's taken up their cause at least five times, including three separate columns hectoring the city to make haste and close the deal, a sentiment shared by the ownership group she has coddled. Why did we need to hurry up and amend the team's lease instead of taking a few months to deliberate at a time when we're struggling to pay for our parks, hospitals and roads?
“Because it's not fair to the private investors who put themselves, their $10 millions and their reputations out there,” Kerr wrote in an Oct. 27 column where she took it upon herself to comfort the comfortable.
Interestingly, Kerr's PR work for Freeman extends to baseball too. In a logically hopeless column last February, Kerr assailed Al Gordon, the owner of the Nashville Sounds, for, um, wanting assistance from the city.
“Gordon has shown himself to be arrogant. He has rarely shown his face in Nashville while, at the same time, having this sense of entitlement that we owe him a stadium, land, tax incentive financing and, perhaps, our first-born child.”
In fact, Gordon wants far less financial help from the city than David Freeman, a point a fair columnist would have mentioned. Instead though, Kerr tries to pressure Gordon to sell the team and then shamelessly notes that her new little BFF might be in the market for another play thing.
"In the wings is a group of locals interested in buying the team, building that riverfront stadium, and succeeding in keeping the Sounds home. Two key players are baseball fans Reese Smith II and Predators lead owner David Freeman, but they are joined by a 'roomful' of willing local investors.”
So let's see here: Kerr writes a series of columns helping Freeman make his pitch for a lucrative new deal from the city, then takes Gordon to task for asking for less than Freeman ever did, and finally suggests that Gordon sell his team to Freeman because he likes baseball? Really? Kerr has moved beyond PR and to a whole new realm. Fine work.
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