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MEADOLWANDS AUTHORITY MAKES OFFER TO KEEP THE DEVILS
Published May 18, 1995
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority made an offer yesterday to keep the Devils from moving to Nashville, according to the N.Y. TIMES. The offer came only a day after the Nashville Metro Council passed a "package of inducements" to lure a team to a new arena in the city. Terms of the NJSEA's offer were not released and "it was not apparent how far the agency went to satisfy claims" that the Devils had made in a challenge of their lease at Brendan Byrne Arena. Representatives of both the NJSEA and of NJ Gov. Christine Todd Whitman refused to say whether the offer was a "significant improvement" over the current terms of the team's lease. Whitman spokesperson Carl Golden: "Just because an offer was made is not tantamount to a confirmation that he [Devils Owner John McMullen] isn't making enough money. The offer is just part of a process" (Richard Sandomir, N.Y. TIMES, 5/18). The N.Y. POST's Larry Brooks asks why NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman hasn't "stepped up to do the right thing now, which is to protect the state of New Jersey and Devils fans from the threat of a Nashville heist? He shouldn't wait for a call from Trenton. He should make it" (N.Y. POST, 5/18).