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REPORTS OUT OF NASHVILLE HAVE GAYLORD INTERESTED IN DEVILS
Published March 7, 1995
Gaylord Entertainment Co. and Nashville officials would like to land the NHL Devils to play in the new arena under construction, according to reports in the NASHVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL. Devils President & GM Lou Lamoriello "laughed" at the rumors yesterday: "This is ridiculous, the number of stories about [Devils Owner John McMullen] selling or moving the team. This is no different than any of them." The Devils lease at Brendan Byrne Arena runs through 2001-02, and Meadowlands Exec/VP & GM Michael Rowe said he was "unaware" of any discussions between the Devils and Gaylord (Larry Brooks, N.Y. POST, 3/7). Lamoriello said "people call every day" about the team, but that McMullen "has never, ever put the team up for sale" (John Dellpina, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/7). Alan Hall, a spokesperson for Dick Evans, who is CEO of Gaylord and a former president of MSG, noted that Evans has many friends in both the NBA and the NHL. But Hall wouldn't comment on any specific negotiations: "We are in contact with those people on a regular basis and we are interested in obtaining franchises in Nashville for both of those leagues." Gaylord failed last year in a $100M bid for the Timberwolves (AP/L.A. TIMES, 3/7).