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LOOKING AT THE LINEUP TRYING TO PIRATE A TEAM; ROONEYS OUT
Published September 19, 1994
On Friday, Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy reduced the list of potential Pirate suitors to 10, with the two or three finalists to be determined within weeks after preliminary bids are made. The city wants about $85M for the Pirates. According to city government sources, the Rooney Familys -- the Steelers owner -- clearly would be the frontrunner if they made a serious bid. Besides the Rooneys, Penguins co-owner Howard Baldwin was the only other potential suitor mentioned by name by Murphy during his news conference. Other bidders: Adelphia Communications Chair John Rigas, the KBL Sports Network and Pittsburgh businessman Jim Roddey. The city has until January 29, to find a buyer or the Pirates can sell to the highest bidder. Larry Lucchino, the former Orioles CEO, is also said to be interested in the Pirates, but is now involved in a bid to buy the Padres (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 9/17). In Boston, Will McDonough reports Dan Rooney says his family is not interested in the Pirates. Rooney: "We have some stadium problems here with the city, and we have to get those rectified. I do not want to get involved in the baseball rules. I am dead set against cross- ownership" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/18).