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HOUSTON MAYOR CONSIDERS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST OILERS
Published September 20, 1994
Houston Mayor Bob Lanier has asked city officials to determine what legal action might be taken to force Oilers owner Bud Adams to remain in the Astrodome when his lease expires in 1998. Lanier: "At some point, the cities should have rights dealing with sports franchises." South Texas School of Law dean Gerald Treece advised that Lanier sue the NFL to keep the Oilers in Houston: "Because the city of Houston has invested so much emotionally and financially in the Oilers, unless, we (Houston) are granted a new franchise, then the policies and practices of the NFL are in violation of antitrust laws." Former NFL attorney Gary Roberts warned such a lawsuit would provide an "interesting" legal case: "It's asinine to think you can tell the NFL where it can put teams. But because it's very confusing law and because juries are partisan, you never know what's going to happen" (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/18).