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  • ROCKET MAN THINKS IT'S GOING TO BE A LONG, LONG TIME...

              Rockets Exec Senior VP John Thomas said that Harris
         County-Houston Sports Authority Chair Jack Rains "has placed
         football as a top priority" in Houston and told Thomas "to
         consider moving the franchise to the suburbs," according to
         John Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  In response, Thomas
         sent Rains and other officials a letter asking for
         clarifications about "certain concerns and questions" that
         arose after a December 8 meeting between the two sides. 
         Thomas also sent the letter to other city, county and NBA
         officials.  In his letter, Thomas said Rains' remarks could
         lead to "a situation of grave uncertainty for a franchise
         that is trying to be competitive in today's world of sports
         arenas."  Rains said there "has been some serious
         miscommunication" with the Rockets and said he does not want
         the team to leave the city" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 12/16).
              BALLPARK STEPS: The authority signed a final deal
         yesterday with Brown & Root to build a downtown ballpark for
         a "guaranteed" $229.5M.  KC-based HOK will receive $18.5M
         from the authority, bringing the cost of the facility to
         $248M, under the targeted $250M (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 12/16).
         
    

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