DALLAS -- The Dallas city council yesterday escalated its battle with the suburbs to retain its professional basketball and hockey teams, to fight emerging competition for the Cotton Bowl Classic, and to grab back the Cowboys football team.

After declaring that sports was big business in Dallas, council members voted 11 to 1 to spend $550,000 on a feasibility study to build a sports and entertainment arena that would have more than 20,000 seats and cost an estimated $184 million.

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