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PIRATES ON THE POTOMAC? NORTHERN VA'S FISHER IS LURKING
Published September 1, 1995
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.