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NASHVILLE LETS IT BE KNOWN THAT IT'S SERIOUS
Published August 31, 1995
Officials in Nashville yesterday took "giant steps" toward building a new stadium to woo the Oilers by announcing that they had hired stadium consultant Max Muhleman to "assist negotiations" with the Oilers, according to John Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Muhleman's role will reportedly be to "determine how much private money is available" for a new stadium, and then "get it." Contrary to Houston Mayor Bob Lanier's suggestion of a counter-offer, Williams reports that Greater Houston Partnership President Jim Kollaer said that the "general opinion" of Houston business leaders is to let Oilers Owner Bud Adams leave. Kollaer: "There just isn't any interest in keeping the Oilers." Nashville has also hired Timothy Mueller of KPMG Peat Marwick. Williams writes that his hiring "is considered a hardball attempt by Nashville officials to make sure the Oilers do not get all the revenue generated in a new stadium, and that some of the money helps repay construction costs" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/31).