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MCMULLEN STILL MUM ON POSSIBLE PLANS TO MOVE
Published May 16, 1995
Devils Owner John McMullen has not told the NHL whether he plans to move the team to Nashville, according to a source cited by Larry Brooks of the N.Y. POST. The source: "Only [McMullen] knows if he is hard-ball negotiating for a better deal in New Jersey or if he is planning to ask the league for permission to move. As of now, he has had no discussuion with the league concerning a possible move." Brooks reports that NHL officials do not believe that Bylaw 36.5 (a), which sets criteria for franchise relocation, applies to the Devils because of New York's three-team market, and that the Devils are alleging "financial malfeasance" on the bahelf of the new Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority. There are "indications" that the NJSEA would agree to "reconfigure" the lower tier for high-priced club seating at Brendan Byrne Arena, as well as increase the Devils' share of advertising, parking and concessions revenues. A reduction in rent -- currently 5% of gate receipts, which would project to an approximate $900,000 payment next season -- is also "likely." For NJ Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, the question is a "political calculation" on how much she can offer on behalf of the state. Whitman has to decide whether she wants to be known as "the Governor who 'lost the Devils'" or as "the Governor who 'refused to give away the taxpayers' money to support a wealthy owner's pro sports franchise'" (N.Y. POST, 5/16).