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DEVILS SHUT OUT WINGS, BUT WILL THEY SHUT OUT THEIR FANS?
Published June 23, 1995
ESPN's Jimmy Roberts reported on the Devils' possible move to Nashville and the fan base that the team has cultivated in NJ. While famed columnist Jimmy Breslin says, "I've never heard of them," NJ Gov. Christine Todd Whitman argues: "It's a pride issue of having them with us and we really do support the team and the fans love the team." Whitman, who sees herself as one of the team's biggest fans, may be in a complex situation, according to Roberts. N.Y. POST columnist Larry Brooks: "There is certainly an obligation to fiscal responsibility on behalf of a governor who gained office by promising to cut taxes. It's going to be very difficult for her to turn around and say, 'We are spending millions of your dollars to keep a hockey team here'" ("SportsCenter," 6/22). In his column yesterday, Brooks speculated that the NHL would "broker a deal" that would send Wayne Gretzky to the Nashville Devils to help "sell the sport in the virgin market" (N.Y. POST, 6/22). In Nashville, columnist David Climer writes that a problem with the city's chances of landing the Devils is they have no "sports image" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 6/21).