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"NINE MONTHS," STARRING KEVIN MCCLATCHY, NOT HUGH GRANT
Published February 1, 1996
CA newspaper heir Kevin McClatchy received approval from MLB's eight-member ownership committee to buy the Pirates, nine months after first starting negotiations for the team (MLB). In Pittsburgh, Eric Heyl reports the committee's approval is "one of the final hurdles" facing McClatchy in his "arduous" effort to purchase the team. McClatchy still needs a vote of all 28 owners, with approval from 10 of 14 NL Owners and 8 of 14 AL owners. That vote is expected to take place "within the next two weeks" (TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 2/1). In Washington, Mark Maske reports NL President Leonard Coleman said he expects a vote during the week of February 12. Maske adds that "baseball sources" indicate the ownership committee approved the deal "after McClatchy and his partners raised the cash portion of their bid to $69 million." The deal gives McClatchy "the right to apply" for a move if there is not an approved plan for a new stadium by the end of the '98 season (WASHINGTON POST, 2/1).