The City of Orlando is telling the Orlando Predators it is terminating the lease the arena football team has at the Amway Center.
In a 3-page letter to the team, the city cited the Predators failure to make minimum attendance figures last season. They also cited an ongoing lawsuit filed by the city against the team.
That lawsuit makes several allegations stating the Predators did not hold up the terms of their agreement with the city. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says most of the contract violations they cite are about advertisers and the distribution of revenue from advertising.
"There was a question about the, construing the Predators contract and what rights they had, vis–à–vis some of their advertisers, so we filed a lawsuit."
The lawsuit claims most of the major advertising in the building is the exclusive right of the Orlando Magic as the base tenant of the Amway Center and that by using certain advertisers, the Predators were in violation of the agreement. Mayor Dyer blamed the problems on ownership of the Predators that has since stepped aside in favor of new owners.
"When the ownership changed, we have worked some things out more amicably, so the lawsuit is sitting there, but we haven't moved it forward."
Mayor Dyer says even though the lawsuit still exists, and the lease has been terminated, he hopes the team will stay with a new renegotiated lease.
"We are working with the Predators, the new Predator ownership to renegotiate their arrangement with the city, and all things are good with the Predators."
The city is asking for damages in the lawsuit, but only specified that it should be more than 15 thousand dollars. The Orlando Predators did not wish to comment on the lawsuit.