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by Michael J. Shapiro | June 27, 2012

 According to news reports, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have given early antitrust clearance to Marriott International and Gaylord Entertainment, allowing Marriott to buy the Gaylord brand name and to manage Gaylord's four convention hotels. The $210 million deal is subject to the approval of Gaylord shareholders, expected to occur in August. Gaylord is reorganizing as a real estate investment trust and will continue to own the 2,881-room Gaylord Opryland in Nashville; the 1,406-room Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Fla.; the 1,511-room Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas; and the 2,000-room Gaylord National on the Potomac in National Harbor, Md.