Mullin to apply for MSL membership for Pittsburgh

March 26, 1991|By Sandra McKee

Pittsburgh businessman Bernie Mullin said yesterday he has the necessary financing and will apply for membership to the Major Soccer League this week.

"We're convinced we have enough money to do this and do it right," said Mullin, who wouldn't name his investors. "Pittsburgh is coming back in the league and this time we're back to stay."

The Pittsburgh Spirit folded after the 1985-86 season after five years in the league.

James Baker, MSL deputy director of operations, said an application must be accompanied by a non-refundable check for $5,000. "Then, once the league's board of directors investigate the application and approve it, the Pittsburgh owners will be required to put up the franchise fee of $250,000. I'm not sure how long the approval will take. Bernie Mullin has been around a long time and is known, so it could go very quickly."

If approved, Pittsburgh will be added to the league next season.

Mullin, who resigned as vice president of the Pittsburgh Pirates after last season to pursue an MSL franchise, said he has worked out a three-year agreement with the Pittsburgh Arena. He added, however, that his group plans to build a new indoor facility in Pittsburgh, which will provide a practice facility with club office space and an area for adult and children's leagues.

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