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ALL IS NOT BIG AND BRIGHT, DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS

     Houston officials told Oilers Owner Bud Adams "no" in his
attempts to get public subsidies for a $235M domed stadium in
downtown Houston.  Also, Astros Owner Drayton McLane "faces an
uphill battle" in his efforts to have more than $95M in
improvements completed on the Astrodome, and it is "unclear"
whether Rockets Owner Les Alexander can "muster" support for a
new arena to replace the Summit, according to John Williams in
the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  Former Houston Mayor Fred Hofheinz:
"People in Houston are conservative by nature...They don't want
to spend their own money because deep in their hearts, they
believe that the Astrodome and the Summit are good places to play
baseball, basketball, and football."  Adams has been the most
vocal of the owners and has pledged to never play in the
Astrodome again after the Oilers' lease expires in '97 (HOUSTON
CHRONICLE, 8/5).
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