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08-27-2008, 09:53 PM
Decision On Steelers Sale Weeks Away?
John Shumway
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ? One of the Rooney brothers shed some light on a meeting with NFL officials in New York.

After the meeting, Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters that he told the brothers: "That if Dan Rooney wants an opportunity to continue to run the franchise I think that's an interest that some of the owners have."

Art Rooney Jr. tells KDKA by telephone that the brothers didn't come away from that meeting feeling, "like that was a mandate, that the league was saying, 'We're insisting on Dan in this situation.' "

For almost two years, the Rooney brothers have been working on how to separate their gambling interest from the Steelers. Art Jr. says the meeting gave them a chance to update the league on the shuffling of the Steeler ownership.

"They understood more of where we are. I know that everybody in the family would like to have this in the family but there are other issues involved," he says, "and the league is now aware of those issues, the family issues."

Art Jr. says he wants to make it clear that when it comes to the other four brothers, "No doubt everybody concerned would like to have this in Dan's or the Rooney family's hands but you have to take care of your family."

As for Stanley Druckenmiller's bid to buy the team, Art Jr. says he's still involved "big time."

He adds, "I think Stanley Druckenmiller is up to bat."

He went on to say: "Dan has his concept in there and he's getting his stuff together."

As for Goodell's desire to wrap this up by year's end, Art Jr. thinks it's realistic and expects a family decision possibly "sometime in September."

Art says the four brothers who aren't directly involved with the team aren't that familiar with the intricacies of how the NFL is run and they got a good idea during the meeting on Tuesday just what's all involved in approving an ownership change - including all the committees involved and votes that have to be taken.

Despite all that they have to go through, he feels like if they can get that decision made in the next month or so, there will be enough time to get all those things done in the NFL so it can be resolved before