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OILERS STRIKE DEAL TO MOVE TO NASHVILLE THIS FALL

          In Houston, Harris County commissioners have agreed to
     a $5.25M buyout with Oilers Owner Bud Adams that would allow
     him to move the team to TN this fall and the county to begin
     "searching in earnest" for a replacement team, according to
     John Williams in the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  Commissioner El
     Franco Lee said the agreement, which the team accepted, is
     for $3.75M plus the team's $1.5M practice facility.  The
     deal will be voted on at Commissioners Court on February 25,
     and still must be approved by the city of Houston and
     Astrodome USA.  A representative from Mayor Bob Lanier's
     office said Lanier "does not intend" to block the deal, but
     he said the team must reimburse the city for legal fees, as
     much as $500,000, incurred the past two years dealing with
     the team (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 2/14).  

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