Metro Nashville Paid $120K for Consulting Services on Tennessee Titans’ $2.1 Billion Stadium Deal

by Jon Styf


The Nashville Mayor’s Office paid Inner Circle Sports $120,000 over a six-month period for consulting services related to negotiating the $2.1 billion stadium deal between the office and the Tennessee Titans.

The report was released on Friday in a records request from Justin Hayes, an interested Nashville resident.

Inner Circle Sports is a subcontractor of Hilltop Securities, who holds a $750,000 contract with Metro Nashville. Inner Circle Sports’ David Abrams and William DiBlasi were paid the $120,000 for six months of work on the negotiations between last Dec. 27 and June 30. A contract or invoices for work beyond June 30 was not included in the request.

Both appeared before Nashville’s East Bank Stadium Committee to present the proposed deal, which includes at least $1.26 billion of public funding.

The contract stated that Inner Circle’s work was to “prepare a set of objectives for determining the appropriate level of investment and terms around the improvement of the existing NFL stadium to current NFL standards. ICS will assist Metro in developing parameters around which Metro may agree to tender, lease or sell property surrounding the NFL Stadium to the Team to further develop in accordance with an agreed upon set of project standards, risk allocation and expectations related to return on contributions.”

Invoices said that Inner Circle held weekly video and telephone calls along with three trips to Nashville.

Hilltop, meanwhile, is under contract for independent financial analysis of bond sales and refunding, a commercial paper program and financial transactions and general financial advising related to bonds.

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Jon Styf is an award-winning editor and reporter who has worked in Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Florida and Michigan in local newsrooms over the past 20 years, working for Shaw Media, Hearst and several other companies.
Photo “Nissan Stadium” by Nissan Stadium.


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2 Thoughts to “Metro Nashville Paid $120K for Consulting Services on Tennessee Titans’ $2.1 Billion Stadium Deal”

  1. Bill

    Just REMEMBER WHY AND HOW WE GOT THE TITANS IN FIRST PLACE ! ! ! HOUSTON BALKED AN BUILDING A NEW BETTER STADIUM SO BUD BROUGHTTHEM HERE! ! ! The fact that Nashville had the TITANS who created A very positive attitude for the area IT SAID WE WERE A FIRST LINE AREA. too much complaining and fussing now could cause th3e team to leave and leave us with a good many large new buildings vacant in the area>

  2. Joe Blow

    What a racket. Determine what the customer wants then form a proposal to meet those requirements.

    The perimeter picnic area is a gigantic waste of money. This is a sports arena not a honkytonk.

    The whole thing is a put up job from the git go.