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Bisons President Robert E. Rich Jr. has agreed to discuss his baseball plans with the Common Council on Jan. 11, Council Majority Leader Eugene M. Fahey said.

Council members asked for the meeting after becoming concerned about the possible financial difficulties of bringing major league baseball to Buffalo.

A $2.5 million contract to design an expanded Pilot Field has been delayed because of those questions. Fahey said the Council probably will consider the contract following the meeting.

Fahey said Rich's wife, Mindy, and Charles Rosenow, the city's lead official on the Pilot Field project, also will attend the meeting.

Ellicott Council Member James W. Pitts said the Council wants to be briefed on the issue of private financing, now that Buffalo is a semifinalist in the quest for two National League franchises.

Rosenow said the city is looking for reassurances that Rich is willing to proceed at some financial risk and the nature of that risk. He said the city also is ready to assume an equal risk.

Rich said he is willing to be candid with the Council. He said he intends to present what the Bisons perceive as the facts and will not use the meeting as an attempt to lobby the Council.

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