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ROCKETS ENCOURAGED TO LIFT-OFF INTO NEW ARENA
Published April 7, 1998
Houston Mayor Lee Brown and Harris County Judge Robert Eckels met with Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander yesterday, "then said separately the sports authority should heat up negotiations on a new arena," according to John Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Both Brown and Eckels said the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority "should begin negotiating a deal with the Rockets." Brown said he will spend the "next few days" speaking with people in the community to determine if winning an August referendum is feasible. Brown: "My sense is that the people of Houston love the Rockets just as I love the Rockets, and they want the Rockets to be competitive with a new arena." Sports Authority Co-Chair Billy Burge said that an August vote would be a "tight squeeze" and that the next date would be in November, which "would be a bad time if the Houston Independent School District conducts a bond issue." Burge said the "next best time might be in January" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 4/7).