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TEXAS LEGISLATION COULD PROVIDE NEW HOMES FOR TEXAS TEAMS
Published May 3, 1995
Oilers owner Bud Adams, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Rockets minority owner Gary Bradley were all in Austin Monday to show support for a measure sceheduled to ge before the Senate that would allow cities to designate enterprise zones that would direct tax revenues toward building a new stadium or arena. TX State Sen. Royce West, the sponsor of the bill, withheld it from consideration Monday as he was concerned about getting enough support for a floor vote. West: "It allows us to expand out sports venues, and more people will attend them. ... Take the Oilers and the Cowboys, they don't have sufficient capacity to host a Super Bowl. If you look at the last Super Bowl in Florida, that state gained benefits of $264 million. Those are dollars I want to see in Texas." In addition, officials of the Rangers and Astros have voiced opposition to the measure. West hoped to see it before the Senate this week. State Rep. Curtis Seidlits is sponsoring a similar bill which is still pending before the House (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/2).