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ROONEYS REMAIN APPREHENSIVE OF PURCHASING PIRATES
Published October 14, 1994
Steelers President Dan Rooney said yesterday that the current labor dispute in baseball is "complicating efforts" to purchase the Pirates and could cause his family to withdraw from the bidding. Rooney said that small-market teams such as the Pirates need revenue sharing and a salary cap for financial reasons. Rooney contended that without such financial restraints it would be difficult to maintain a baseball team in Pittsburgh: "This deal might be so difficult, we might feel it's impossible to do it. There are a lot of factors that still have to be worked out to make this deal attractive." Rooney added that he is concerned that if the Pirates leave Pittsburgh, the city's image will receive "serious damage." The Rooney family is among six local groups that have submitted bids for the Pirates (Steve Halvonik, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 10/14).