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A TALE OF TWO TEAMS IN ONE CITY OF TEXAS
Published November 16, 1995
Oilers Owner Bud Adams signed an agreement to move his team to Tennessee, possibly next season, according this morning's HOUSTON CHRONICLE. The nonbinding deal was signed after Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen and negotiators flew to Houston to "iron out Adams' last-second requests, one of which was reportedly adding a 10-year option to the Oilers' 30-year stadium lease, a change Adams sought to protect his heirs." A signing ceremony is scheduled for today in Nashville and the Metro Council is scheduled to approve the deal Tuesday. Adams said he "is comfortable" with the deal, and not concerned by the length of the contract, which calls for "stiff penalties" should the team leave earlier. Adams: "We've been in Houston for 36 years. Thirty years is not a problem." The deal calls for the team to begin play in TN in '98, but '96 is possible under a buy-out of the Astrodome lease. Both sides have an out option in March, but John Williams writes it "seems unlikely anything will happen in Houston to change Adams' mind" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/16). Headline in this morning's Nashville TENNESSEAN: "If we build it, Bud will come" (TENNESSEAN, 11/16). NEXT! While officials in Houston saw the next step in the possible relocation of the Oilers, community leaders "continued effort to keep the Astros from also skipping town." The Greater Houston Partnership announced that "Step Up To The Plate" will be the slogan to promote season ticket sales (Bob Tutt, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/16).