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Published January 10, 1996
ESPN's Dan Patrick reported the Pirates sale to Kevin McClatchy has apparently hit a few last-minute snags, but McClatchy said "baseball isn't going to let this thing come undone over a couple of million dollars" ("SportsCenter," 1/9). McClatchy is still several million dollars short of the debt-to- equity ratio set by MLB, and some Pittsburgh Council members are questioning his interest in staying in town if he gets MLB's approval to buy the club (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/10)....Snow postponed a conference between CFL Stallions Owner Jim Speros and Baltimore city officials to discuss the fate of the CFL champs. Speros previously said he would keep the team in Baltimore if 20,000 fans pledged money for '96 season tickets by Monday. The drive only produced 13,000 ticket requests (Montreal GAZETTE, 1/10). Speros said it would take a "stroke of luck" for him to stay in Baltimore (TORONTO SUN, 1/10)....Raiders tickets will be marketed much differently next season, according to the S.F. CHRONICLE. Meetings are planned with season-ticket holders to address complaints and answer questions concerning group seating and marketing strategies (S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/4)....The Sabres have been meeting with their Canadian Advisory Board as part of the team's continuing efforts to improve relations with Ontario fans (Sabres).