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PIRATES SALE MAY BE OFFICIAL AS EARLY AS TODAY
Published September 27, 1995
Kevin McClatchy and negotiators for the Pirates' ownership group were "completing paperwork" yesterday and could announce a completed sale "as early as today," according to the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. Pirates President Mark Sauer said the "lawyers are working hard and making good progress," and McClatchy added that money was no longer an issue. McClatchy: "Yeah, I think we're fine on that." Steve Halvonik notes that neither Sauer nor McClatchy would say how long it would take "to resolve remaining matters." The Pirates will not consider another bid from DC attorney Bart Fisher until matters with McClatchy are decided "one way or the other" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 9/27). Fisher insisted last night that the offer from his group was "more attractive than McClatchy's." Fisher: "The bottom line is that we have made a great offer and we have a great group. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. We have presented the best offer. We have offered $5 million more" (Thom Loverro, WASHINGTON TIMES, 9/27). BARTMAN: Fisher is profiled by the WASHINGTON POST's Ken Denlinger. "Even some who admire him acknowledge that Fisher occasionally exaggerates in his baseball deal-making, that he tries to stretch triples into inside-the-park homers and gets tagged out by the facts. So the question persists: Is this man for real?" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/27).