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CLEVELAND INVESTOR JUMPS INTO PIRATES BIDDING WITH OFFER

     Jeff Moffie, a Cleveland investment manager, announced he
has made a cash bid of $85-100M for the Pirates.  The team has
been negotiating with Adelphia Communications Chair John Rigas,
but talks have slowed over Rigas' ability and willingness to
absorb the team's potential debts.  Rigas has offered $85.15M.
Moffie made his bid to the team's investment banker, Wertheim
Schroeder.  Moffie is CEO of Cambridge Investment Group
(PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/10).
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