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MCMULLEN PROVING TO BE QUITE A DEVIL TO NJ OFFICIALS
Published June 9, 1995
The Devils "spurned a sweetened lease" from the NJSEA on Wednesday because "it was unsatisfactory," according to Devils owner John McMullen. Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES reports that McMullen would neither elaborate on what was included in the rejected lease, nor did he sound "prepared to negotiate" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/9). Meanwhile, NJ Gov. Christine Todd Whitman yesterday said that offering the team a chance to run Brendan Byrne Arena "has been discussed." Whitman said if the NJSEA decides to privatize the facility, McMullen would have to take part in the bidding process. McMullen told the Bergen RECORD that the state doesn't have to match Nashville's offer, "but they've got to approach it" (AP/Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 6/9). MIDDLESEX DEVILS? Another group is reportedly interested in purchasing the Devils and possibly moving them to a new arena in Middlesex County -- south of the Meadowlands. Sandomir reports a group led by CoreStates Bank Chair George Zoffinger is interested in buying the team, selling a portion of it to the public and building a new arena in New Brunswick (N.Y. TIMES, 6/9). DEVILISH DETAILS: The NJSEA has until Monday to reply to the lawsuit filed by the Bergen RECORD "that demands the leases and financial records of the Devils" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/9)....In Toronto, Bob McKenzie reports that "league sources say they believe" that the NJSEA and McMullen are moving "towards negotiating a long-term deal to keep the club in the Meadowlands" (TORONTO STAR, 6/9).