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PIRATES' SALE MAY BE DELAYED UNTIL THE OFFSEASON

     Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy said Friday the Pirates may not
be sold until the offseason.  Murphy believes both Kevin
McClatchy, the California newspaper heir who met with Pirates
officials for the third time this week, and Adelphia Cable Chair
John Rigas are thought to be delaying action on the purchase of
the team because of "baseball's unsettled economic climate."
McClatchy did not make a formal offer during his last round of
talks, but hinted one could be forthcoming.  NL President Len
Coleman sate with McClatchy during the Pirates game on Thursday,
"touching off speculation that Coleman was trying to convince
McClatchy to make a bid" (AP/Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/5).
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