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).
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