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).
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