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TEXAS LEGISLATION COULD PROVIDE NEW HOMES FOR TEXAS TEAMS

     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).
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