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Rooney family near deal to keep family control of Steelers

Updated: December 4, 2008, 1:45 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Rooney family has reached an agreement that would satisfy the National Football League's ownership rules while maintaining family control of the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The five Rooney brothers have agreed to terms of a deal and will present it to the NFL's finance committee for consideration at its meeting on Wednesday, according to the report. If the committee accepts the plan, it would then be voted on by the league's ownership. The proposal ...

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