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PITTSBURGH MAYOR MEETS WITH CA BUSINESSMAN ABOUT PIRATES

     CA newspaper heir Kevin McClatchy said yesterday that he is
interested in buying the Pirates and keeping them in Pittsburgh,
but that he would "insist on a new baseball stadium," according
to today's PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE.  After a meeting with
McClatchy, Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy said McClatchy and his
investors "might submit a preliminary offer in a week or so."
McClatchy made no such prediction (Halvonik & Belko, PITTSBURGH
POST-GAZETTE, 6/28).  City Council President Jim Ferio is
reportedly "frustrated by new snags" in sale talks and said that
it was time for Pittsburgh to "kiss big-league baseball goodbye."
Ferlo criticized Pirates Chair Vincent Sarni saying he has "shown
nothing but bad faith from the beginning" in efforts to find new
owners committed to keeping the team in Pittsburgh (Schmitz &
Halvonik, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 6/28).
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