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11-15-2010, 01:43 PM
Seth Lake
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Great article today in the Nashville City Paper with an in-depth interview of Jeff Cogen and talk about the attendance thus far. Revenues way up over the past three years, but as part of continued growth plan Cogen says comps will be up 10% this season and explains why it makes sense...

When Jeff Cogen joined the Nashville Predators as CEO in August, he put himself on a crash course to learn the culture of the organization he suddenly led.

He spent preseason games in the press box, learning key team members, listening for the chants from the infamous Cellblock in Section 303, watching how all the back-of-the-house operations worked.

Cogen saw that the pieces were there; this was an organization, like any, with problems. Off ice: a former owner in jail for fraud. On ice: a failure to get past the first round of the playoffs. But it wasn’t broken.

During those cram sessions, Cogen started to formulate a strategy of gambles and calculated risks, to be sure, but also one that might get the Predators over the hump — on the ice and off it.

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