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WOULD-BE PIRATES OWNER SAYS HE WILL NOT START SUPERSTATION

     MLB Owners may give Adelphia Communications Chair John Rigas
"preliminary approval sometime this week to begin negotiating a
sales price for the Pirates.  Rigas, the city's preferred buyer,
has until January 29 to conclude a deal with the team's owners.
If he fails, the Pirates' owners can sell the team to anyone,
including an investor who could move the team to another city.
Rigas is expected to get the approval after flying to Chicago
last Friday to meet with White Sox Owner Jerry Reinsdorf.  At the
meeting, Rigas quelled owners' fears that he would attempt to
build a TV "superstation," a la TBS, WWOR or WGN, if he bought
the Pirates (Steve Halvonik, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/17).
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