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NASHVILLE DEMANDS OILERS DECISION BY OCT. 20, OR NO DEAL
Published August 25, 1995
Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen told the TENNESSEAN that if the Oilers cannot decide on a move by October 20 -- the end of the two parties' exclusive negotiating period -- all deals are off. Bredesen: "This is not going to go on forever, we are all busy people. I would expect an agreement to come out of it that the Oilers would take to the NFL." Bredesen is reportedly under fire from critics who say he is being used by the Oilers to get a better deal from Houston. Meanwhile, in Texas, a District Judge "gave the Oilers their first victory" by ruling that he has jurisdiction over a suit filed by the team to prevent local parties from blocking a relocation. The judge ruled against Houston, Harris County and Astrodome USA's bid to move the case to state court -- where they "believe they have a better chance" (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/25).