Predators to Introduce Bouchy as New Owner
Bouchy was a member of the Predators ownership group for over a decade, ending following the 2006 season. He was most recently was the team’s president before leaving for Arizona for the 2007 season. In his one year as a managing partner in Arizona, he turned heads by guaranteeing that the Rattlers would make the playoffs. He backed that guarantee by promising a 100% refund to all season ticket holders should the Rattlers not qualify for the postseason.
“I’m excited to welcome Brett Bouchy back as a part of the Orlando Predators, and I look forward to working with him,” said Predators Director of Media Relations Jason Lucas.
Amongst all of the turmoil floating around in the Arena Football League, Bouchy buying the Predators signals good things for the League. The new owner remains confident that there will be a season in 2009.
Bouchy told the Orlando Sentinel, “I am very, very encouraged that our league is working to improve our economic model… The league is taking some important steps forward to make all of the franchises stronger.”
Though the news came as a surprise to all around the AFL, the feeling is that this move helped deter the notion that one of the most storied franchises in league history was in danger of folding. If there is a league in 2009, the red and black will certainly be amongst the teams fighting for the right to play in ArenaBowl XXIII.
Adam Markowitz is a freelance sports writer living in Orlando. As a Florida State graduate with degrees in music and history, the garnet and gold will forever be a part of him, but he bleeds the black and red of the Orlando Predators like none other. Adam has been following the AFL since 1991 and has been at well over 200 games, including 15 ArenaBowls. You can follow Adam on Twitter @AFLGuru.