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PIRATES ON THE POTOMAC? NORTHERN VA'S FISHER IS LURKING

     The Pirates have given DC attorney Bart Fisher until next
Wednesday to come up with the financing to complete a deal to buy
the club, according to Mark Maske in this morning's WASHINGTON
POST.  Fisher's group says they will keep the team in Pittsburgh,
initially, "but in recent weeks," Maske writes, "he has talked
about the possibility of moving the club" to the DC-area.  Fisher
met with Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy and team officials
yesterday, and told the AP that he intends to stay in Pittsburgh.
However, Maske reports that Fisher said earlier this month that
"no buyer will enter into that situation without an exit
strategy. ... They're in a bad situation, they've been on the
market a year now.  That should tell you something."  Sources
tell the POST that Fisher has been in contact with the VA Stadium
Authority and told them to "be ready, because I'm close with the
Pirates" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/1).  If Fisher fails to meet the
team's Wednesday deadline, Sacramento newspaper heir Kevin
McClatchy will get an exclusive two-week period to negotiate
(AP/Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 9/1).  Fisher heads Capital
Baseball, one of two groups trying to bring baseball to the
DC/Northern VA area.
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