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Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams' proposal for a new downtown dome is a "dead duck," according to Houston Mayor Bob Lanier. Lanier: "They (Oilers management) just backed off because they can't get (Rockets owner Les) Alexander in the deal." Alexander left the project to pursue his own basketball arena. There has been city-wide debate over a new stadium since Adams mentioned it last November and requested that public funds finance $195M of the proposed $245M project. Bob Eury, who heads two groups that promote downtown, said a new stadium "is a long way from dead," and that they are studying the need for more sports facilities in the city (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/28).
The Raptors and a local Cadillac dealerhsip are close to a decision on "whether to go ahead with an arena at Bay and Dundas -- or cancel the idea in favor of another downtown site." That is according to a team official who said it is likely a deal will "be decided in the next week or 10 days." Although the Bay/Dundas site was a key ingredient in the Raptors expansion bid, "almost a year to the day from the bid being awarded, the would-be arena remains in limbo." If there is no agreement between the team and Cadillac Fairview, the Raptors could "wind up in a new arena" near SkyDome or another downtown site (Jim Byers, TORONTO STAR, 9/29).