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WHAT IN THE DEVILS IS GOING ON?

     "The Devils are not moving to Tennessee," according to Barry
Meisel of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS.  But he notes that team owner John
McMullen did meet with Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen on Thursday
(see THE DAILY, 3/10).  An NHL source adds that Gaylord
Entertainment Pres & CEO Dick Evans mediated the meeting.
Gaylord (owner of The Nashville Network) wants to buy the Devils
and move them to TN.  But one "prominent sports executive" in
Nashville said Friday he believes McMullen is "simply using the
town as leverage to improve the Devils' lease" with the NJ Sports
and Exposition Authority (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/11).
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