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OILERS' OWNER ADAMS THREATENS TO MOVE TEAM
Published August 4, 1995
Houston Mayor Bob Lanier "rejected" Oilers Owner Bud Adams' demand that he be given promises by August 1 that a new stadium would be built downtown "or he would begin serious negotiations to move the team," according to John Williams in this morning's HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Adams made the warning in a personal letter sent to Lanier's home two weeks ago. Adams claims he "needed a commitment so the Oilers would have a clear understanding of the team's financial future," as it was negotiating a contract with rookie Steve McNair. Lanier reportedly told Adams to speak with Harris County Judge Robert Eckels about "gaining concessions" at the Astrodome and his lease with the Astros. Williams reports that Adams is "frustrated" with paying Astros Owner Drayton McLane $3M annually to play in the facility. Metro Transit Authority board Chair Billy Burge said yesterday he "plans to attempt to put together a group that will assist Adams" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/4).