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NASHVILLE MAY FIND ITS PROFESSIONAL FRANCHISE IN THE OILERS
Published August 11, 1995
Oilers Owner Bud Adams is scheduled to fly to Nashville today for day-long meetings with city Mayor Phil Bredesen, TN Gov Don Sundquist, and local business leaders about the possibility of moving his Oilers to Nashville, according to the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Following three weeks of groundwork in Nashville by Oilers VP Mike McClure, Adams' meeting comes after Houston Mayor Bob Lanier made it clear the city would not help Adams build a new stadium downtown. Nashville, "by contrast, is eager to meet Adams' demands." Bredesen: "For an NFL team, I'm pretty darn willing (to build a new stadium), as for the citizens, that has yet to be determined." McClure said discussions in Nashville would "become clearer" within 48 hours. Bredesen said the team will be known as the Tennessee Oilers and would play at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville or the Liberty Bowl while a new facility is built. This marks the "second time in eight years that Adams has threatened to leave," and some feel Adams "is using such negotiations to get a better deal with the Astrodome" (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/11). CARDS MAY STAY IN ARIZONA: Developer John F. Long met last week with legal representatives of Cardinals Owner Bill Bidwell about a West Valley site in Arizona for a new football stadium, according to the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Long: "I don't want to put words in their mouth, but I think their interest is pretty high." Bidwell has been running a series of full-page newspaper ads stating he prefers to keep the Cardinals in Arizona's East Valley, but added that is not "etched in stone. A developer would have great input into that." Long's 120-acre site is the same area he offered to give the county two years ago to build a baseball stadium (John Davis, ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/11).