Why did the good times have to end, you ask? The truth is that by the Kats’ 2007 season, the times weren’t so good. The team finished with a 7-9 record, 4th in their division, and didn’t even make a showing in the playoffs. In fact, the team didn’t reach the quarterfinals in any of the three years of the reinstated franchise, and lost the opening playoffs round to the Chicago Rush during the 2006 season. Interestingly, a couple of team-members (James Baron and Dan Alexander) found a new home at the Rush when the Kats finally disbanded.Even the poor showing of the final seasons might have been overlooked if it weren’t for box office receipts not meeting the expected levels. Nashville wasn’t as receptive to a new Kats franchise as owner Bud Adams had expected, and the guillotine dropped on October 10, 2007, when Adams announced that the team wouldn’t be returning for another season. Minority investor Tim McGraw didn’t have much to say on the matter, although perhaps his true feelings can be glimpsed in tracks like “Last Dollar (Fly Away)” and “Let It Go” from his 2007 album Let It Go. The album was actually released several months before the announcement, but maybe he had “Suspicions” (yes, that’s another track).
October 6, 2010
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