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Could the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the longtime cornerstone franchises of the National Football League, be up for sale?
The WALL STREET JOURNAL reports that the NFL team has been “quietly” shopped around to potential purchasers, as the current owners decide on their future affiliations with the franchise.
The Steelers are run by the Rooney family - five sons of team founder Art Rooney Sr. control 80% of the team, while their cousins the McGinley family own the remaining 20%. But team chairman Dan Rooney is looking to buy out the rest of his clan, and his siblings & relatives are looking to get out of the football business and concentrate more on running their casinos & racetracks & whatnot.
Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney stated, “I have spent my entire life devoted to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the National Football League. I will do everything possible to work out a solution to ensure my father’s legacy of keeping the Steelers in the Rooney family and in Pittsburgh for at least another 75 years.”
Steelers President Art Rooney II stated, “There is no reason to believe that the current internal discussions will have any impact on our fans or on our team this season or in the seasons to come.”
Originally posted by beezwaxes
I don't see it happening while Dan Rooney is still alive. There would also be quite an outcry from the people of Pittsburgh. I'm from there originally and have seen some great fans in my travels but, nothing quite like Steeler fans.
I'm not trying to sound dramatic here but, it's a very real part of who we are and we don't like changes like that.
It's hard to describe to someone who hasn't lived it. Tradition is still very much alive in the steel city.