TAGLIABUE PRAISES HOUSTON PLAN, IS CITY ONE UP ON L.A.?
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue "lauded" Houston
leaders Monday "for their unified effort to get another
team," according to John Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.
Williams writes that such unity "is needed to show that
Houston wants an NFL team, and it apparently places this
city ahead of [L.A.], its chief competitor" for a 32nd NFL
franchise. Tagliabue: "The real measure of success of this
meeting was that the progress and concrete plans we talked
about today were beyond my imagination when I was here two
years ago." Following the meeting, local business exec Bob
McNair said that he hopes Houston "pushes the NFL for a fast
decision," to prevent L.A. from catching up on planning for
its stadium (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/30).