it says that McNair first tried to obtain rights from the NHL for a Houston hockey franchise but was denied. then he and his business partners decided that the NFL would be a reasonable route.
McNair's been interested in the NFL for a while. His first involvement in pursuing an NFL franchise was over a decade ago when Bud Adams asked him to look at the Miami franchise after Joe Robbie died. He looked at it but it was a complicated situation so he decided not to get involved. Later, in about '94, McNair was approached by Tagliabue to look at the St. Louis situation since they had lost a principal investor. Once again he looked into it but didn't like the situation well enough to pursue. McNair even asked Bud around that same timeframe if he would be interested in selling the Oilers. Bud declined and soon afterward moved the team. Then McNair's buddy Chuck Watson asked him if he would like to get involved in the pursuit of an NHL team. McNair joined up with Watson but they both abandoned the effort because the Toyota Center was only a dream at the time. After abandoning the hockey effort, McNair turned his attention to what would become the Texans, and the rest is history.
Note to moderator: You might want to remove my post above since it makes no sense now that you removed Titanico's post.