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STEELERS OWNERSHIP CONSIDERS PURCHASING PIRATES
Published September 16, 1994
Steelers VP Arthur Rooney Jr. confirmed yesterday that the Rooney family is interested in purchasing the Pirates. Rooney: "It's sort of preliminary right now. We're gathering information. We haven't got to the point where anything exciting is happening." Steelers president Dan Rooney "has made it clear" in the past that the Steelers interests would not be served if they became the only tenant at the "debt-laden" Three Rivers Stadium. That would happen if the Steelers were to move out of Pittsburgh or if another stadium were built. Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy has scheduled a press conference today to update the city's efforts to sell the franchise and maintain local ownership (Steve Halvonik, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 9/16). CNN's Nick Charles: "Apparently baseball's queasy status hasn't scared off many. Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy said he will trim the list of finalist looking to buy the Pirates to six tommorrow" ("Sports Tonight," 9/15). ESPN's Gary Miller: "The Rooney interest is said to be a last ditch effort to keep the in Pittsburgh before a local buyer steps forward" ("SportsCenter," 9/15).