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PIRATES BIDDERS CUT TO FOUR, SALE EXPECTED BY THANKSGIVING

     Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy has announced that four groups
remain in contention to buy the Pirates; they are headed by:
Steelers President Dan Rooney, former Orioles Exec Larry
Lucchino, Adelphia Communications Chair John Rigas and Florida
Financier Malcolm Glazer.  Murphy said he hoped to narrow the
list of Pirates bidders to two within two weeks and to have a
sale wrapped up by Thanksgiving: "We have a deadline and we need
to move."  Murphy did not disclose details of individual bids,
but did say all four groups have raised the issue of a new
baseball stadium.  City officials indicate Rigas and Rooney are
seen as front-runners (Steve Halvonik, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE,
10/26).
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