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NO LAST-DITCH EFFORTS EXPECTED TO KEEP OILERS IN HOUSTON
Published November 21, 1995
A committee studying the need for new sports venues in Houston "is not likely to put together a last-ditch effort to keep the Houston Oilers in town," according to group chairman Pete Coneway. This morning's HOUSTON CHRONICLE reports that Coneway said the group, appointed by Houston Mayor Bob Lanier and Harris County Judge Robert Eckels, "is looking at longer-term issues than the Oilers." Coneway, a managing partner at Goldman Sachs: "We were not formed to negotiate with [Oilers Owner] Bud Adams." Meanwhile, the Nashville Metro Council should approve the non-binding contract today (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/21). ON THE TENNESSEE TRAIL: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's John Helyar examines the Oilers' move, writing, it shows "how differently two cities at different points in their life cycles can value a sports team." Agent Leigh Steinberg says the "deck is stacked against the more mature cities that have long hosted and supported NFL teams." Steinberg: "This process is pitting major urban areas with overwhelming budget constraints against smaller entrepreneurial cities willing to pay fabulous sums for the sake of their economic climate. The net effect of all this is to downsize the NFL." Gaylord Entertainment COO Richard Evans, head of the Nashville Sports Council, is seen along with Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen as driving the city's sports cause. Evans: "We're out to make the NHL and NBA aware that we're dead serious about bringing a sports team to Nashville." In fact, Oilers Exec VP Mike McClure said it was Nashville's wooing of the Devils that "caught [his] eye" in seeking a new home for the Oilers. Vanderbilt Law's John Costonis: "Nashville can't be Atlanta, but it would sure like to be on par with Charlotte" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/21).