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DEVILS MAY GET STATE HELP FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO ARENA
Published June 14, 1995
NJ Gov. Christine Todd Whitman said the NJSEA is willing to pay for improvements to Brendan Byrne Arena and would potentially join with a private-sector partner to build more "revenue- producing" luxury suites, according to the Bergen RECORD. Whitman said this would address one of the Devils' key complaints "without putting taxpayers on the hook" (Fitzgerald/Hirsch, Bergen RECORD, 6/13). OTHER DEVILISH DETAILS: ESPN's Keith Olbermann, reporting last night's Conference Finals win by the Devils, referred to the team as the "New Nashville Jersey Devils" and said, Remember this, Flyers fans, at least your team is certain to exist next year" ("SportsCenter," 6/13). In a N.Y. POST column, with the header "McMullen's Just a Whiny Ingrate," Jay Greenberg responds to Devils Owner John McMullen's claims that nobody has ever thanked him for bringing the Devils to NJ. Greenberg writes that the only thing worse than a businessman who "wants to be subsidized for his own failures" is "one with a martyr complex" (N.Y. POST, 6/13). Tony Coleman's column in the Nashville TENNESSEAN notes that it would not be unprecedented for a league champion to move citing, among others, the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Redskins (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 6/13).