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PIRATES BIDS DUE TODAY: CITY SAYS NO EXTENSIONS
Published October 7, 1994
Pittsburgh city officials "flatly" denied requests for a two-week extension on today's deadline for Pirates bids. Bill Craig, GM of KBL Sports Network, a susidiary of TCI's Liberty Sports, will still submit a bid, but said, "It's not going to be as good as we would like." Craig maintained KBL would buy the team only if all other bids fell through. Robert Caporale, attorney for Penguins Owner Howard Baldwin, said he would file papers "in an attempt to keep his client's name alive" -- but he would not call it a formal bid. Baldwin had argued for an extension, citing the NHL labor negotiations and charging city officials with "unilaterally" setting a deadline. Former Orioles President Larry Lucchino declined to say whether he would bid. But Craig said there may be room for Lucchino to join the KBL group. Cleveland investment banker Jeffrey Moffie is no longer on the city's list, but he may tell the city he has lined up two more investors with Pittsburgh ties. Moffie is not submitting a proposal today but said his group would "make it impossible" to be outbid. Other groups working on bids include the Steelers' Rooney family, Adelphia Communications Chair John Rigas and Florida financier Malcolm Glazer (Steve Halvonik, PITTSBURGH GAZETTE, 10/7).