NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A part-owner of the Nashville Predators is suing the team and its chairman, saying they breached their fiduciary obligations and contractual commitments to him after he helped keep the franchise in Nashville.

The lawsuit filed Thursday by David Freeman and Commodore Trust lists Predators Holdings LLC and Predators chairman Tom Cigarran as defendants. The complaint names Cigarran ''the chief architect of this scheme.''

The plaintiffs seek $250 million in damages. The complaint says Freeman ''led the fight'' to keep the Predators in Nashville in 2007.

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The Tennessean first reported the lawsuit.

The Predators issued a statement calling the suit a ''meritless and inappropriate court filing'' and said the issue ''should be resolved by the NHL as mandated by the NHL Constitution, to which all owners, including Freeman, are bound.''