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BUD ADAMS NOT SINGING THE MEMPHIS BLUES JUST YET
Published October 1, 1997
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).