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BUD ADAMS NOT SINGING THE MEMPHIS BLUES JUST YET

          NFL Oilers Owner Bud Adams said he's "under no pressure
     from the NFL or Nashville officials" to break his two-year
     lease in Memphis and move to Nashville, according to Thomas
     Harding of the Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL.  Adams: "I said I
     want to play there for two years, and that's what we intend
     to do.  But I can't go broke doing it. ... We're planning on
     being there unless everything falls completely apart.  I
     can't see that happening."  NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue
     has reportedly spoken with Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen,
     but NFL VP/Communications Joe Browne said Tagliabue "merely
     wanted Bredesen's thoughts on the Memphis situation." 
     Bredesen said he knows of "no substantive discussions" about
     the Oilers leaving Memphis early (COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 10/1). 
          LUV THE GOV?  TN Gov. Don Sundquist said he thinks the
     Oilers "ought to change their names and do a better job of
     marketing the team in Memphis, but also believes the city is
     'making a mistake' in not supporting the team."  Sundquist:
     "I think Memphis is making a mistake -- whether they (the
     Oilers) do marketing or don't do marketing -- in not
     supporting the team" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 10/1).

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