Steelers may add three additional partners
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The Steelers, who already have three new partners approved by the NFL, could have three more by Monday.
Art Rooney II, the team's president, said this morning that at least one and as many as three new investors in the Steelers could be approved at the league meetings in California next week.
"We do have at least one investor who will be on the agenda to be approved who already has been approved by the finance committee,'' Rooney said. "We have two others who are going to go before the finance committee and if they're approved by the finance committee, we will have three new investors approved at this meeting.''
That would bring to six the total of new partners who will be part of the restructuring of Steelers ownership that has been put together by Art and his father Dan.
Rooney declined to name any of the new investors but said one is "a very recognizable name.'' There could be more, and also a likely extension to the March 31 target date for closing on the "new" Steelers.
"We have two or three others who are sort of still in the pipeline here,'' Art Rooney said. "So we'll make an evaluation after we see what happens at this meeting whether we're going to close by March 31 or whether we'll extend it."
The three partners already approved by the NFL and identified by the Rooneys are Hollywood producer Thomas Tull, Tennessee businessman James Haslam III and the Paul family of Pittsburgh.
First Published March 19, 2009 11:48 am