Public could buy Penguins, Dawida says

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The public should have the right to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins, former Allegheny County Commissioner Mike Dawida argued yesterday, in a letter to the state's U.S. senators and three congressmen.

Mr. Dawida, a lawyer and candidate for Pittsburgh controller in the May 15 Democratic primary, said the public's investments in Mellon Arena give it legal standing to challenge any attempt by the team to move. Public officials or fans could go to federal court to seek the right to turn the team into a public asset.

Congress, he suggested, should pass a law eliminating any league bylaws that would prevent public ownership of a team.

The Penguins are considering a move to Kansas City if they cannot negotiate a satisfactory new arena deal here.



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