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DEAL WITH THE DEVILS

Facts and figures about Nashville's bid to bring the New Jersey Devils to Tennessee:

The deal

In exchange for a 30-year lease, Nashville is offering a $20-million relocation fee, nearly all of the ticket revenue, 97.5 percent of the luxury suite revenue, all advertising revenue in the arena and more than 50 percent of parking revenue.

The new arena won't open until the 1996-97 season. So Nashville has guaranteed a $12-million profit to any team playing the 1995-96 season in the Municipal Auditorium, which seats 9,000.

The arena

The Nashville arena, at Fifth and Broadway, sits a few hundred yards from Ryman Auditorium, the former home of the Grand Ole Opry. The arena is due for completion in fall 1996.

Closest NHL teams

The St. Louis Blues are the closest NHL team to Nashville, 255 miles to the northwest. The Dallas Stars in Texas are 617 miles to the west, while the Tampa Bay Lightning is 622 miles to the southeast.

Previous major-league tries

Nashville has been trying to land a major-league team for years, first losing a bid when baseball gave franchises to Florida and Colorado. Last year, Gaylord Entertainment offered a deal to the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves only to see a local owner buy the team.

Fan base

Nashville long has been known as the country's biggest media market without a major-league team.

Nashville has an estimated media market of 749,000 with an area population of 1.2-million, according to the 1992 U.S. Census. That puts it behind five cities with smaller media markets and major-league teams.

The NFL's Green Bay Packers have a media market of 369,000 in Green Bay, Wis. Jacksonville has 487,000 for the new Jaguars, and the Saints have a market base of 615,000 in New Orleans. In the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs' market is about 627,000 compared to 638,000 for the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.

Tennessee's capital, Nashville has seven television stations, 30 radio stations and 16 universities. It also has become a center of the nation's private health care industry and is home to two cable networks, both owned and operated by Gaylord.

Hockey in Nashville

Music City has been home to three hockey teams. First, in 1962, were the Nashville Dixie Flyers, who lasted through the 1970-71 season. The Nashville South Stars played two seasons starting in 1981-82, and hockey took another hiatus until the Nashville Knights of the East Coast Hockey League started play here in 1989-90. The Knights _ a Tampa Bay Lightning affiliate _ drew an average of 4,200 fans a game this past season.

_ TIMES WIRES

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