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NASHVILLE BEER VOTE PASSES; CITY PLANS TO MOVE ON DEVILS
Published June 7, 1995
Last night, the Nashville Metro Council voted 26-10 to allow beer sales at the new arena being built downtown, just 85 feet away from a Baptist Church. A city law prohibits beer sales within 100 feet of a church, but Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen argued that without an arena exemption, the city's chances of landing an NHL team -- most notably the Devils -- "were doomed." Bredesen said the vote gives the city "a strong bargaining position" and "makes it clear that there was overwhelming support in the council for sports." He said he would begin this morning to try and convince the Devils to move (AP/MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE, 6/7). In New York, Larry Brooks writes that the "league seems to take the position that if the Devils leave, fewer fans will be hurt than if the Rangers were to leave." He writes, "Excuse me, what question does that answer? If the Devils leave, the NHL will lose fans" (N.Y. POST, 6/7).