- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A county judge has again delayed a trial so the Pittsburgh Steelers and the taxpayer-funded city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority can continue trying to settle litigation over which entity must pay most of the estimated $30 million cost to add 3,000 seats to Heinz Field.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1asPcTR) reports Monday’s trial has been pushed back until May 19 by Allegheny County Senior Judge Joseph James.

That happened after the Steelers filed a motion saying the team “continues to be optimistic” that a settlement can be reached. Another judge has been mediating talks between the team and the authority.

Authority attorney Walter DeForest says, “All I can say is that we’re still talking.”


The sides are split on whether the team’s lease defines the additional seats as an authority-funded “capital improvement” or a team-funded stadium “modification.”

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com