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OILERS' OWNER ADAMS THREATENS TO MOVE TEAM

     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).
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