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Rooney helped lead the negotiations of the collective bargaining agreement of 1982, and is largely credited both by owners and players of having ended a strike that lasted half of the season.

He is also one of the main architects of the salary cap, which was implemented in 1993.

Bush at the White House in June 2006 on the occasion of the commemoration of the Steelers' winning Super Bowl XL (Lombardi Trophy in foreground).

Dan Rooney is a graduate of Duquesne University, majoring in accounting.

The other interest is the Palm Beach Kennel Club, a Greyhound racetrack in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Steelers' statement said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has asked former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue to "serve as a league representative in discussions with the family in order to reach an agreement on the separation of the gambling interests and on a restructuring of ownership if the team is sold." Any sale involving an NFL team is subject to a league review and must be approved by 75% of member clubs.The NFL defines any facility with slot machines as a casino.One of the Rooneys' interests called into question are the Yonkers Raceway, a harness racing track outside of New York City, which was purchased by the five Rooney brothers in 1972.He then met his future wife in the office of the Steelers where she was currently working. By early 1969 Rooney was managing the day-to-day operations of the team and personally selected the coaching hire of Chuck Noll.

He was appointed team president in 1975 and was officially given full operational control of the franchise by his father who remained Chairman and President Emeritus, as well as the public face of the franchise until his death in 1988.Rooney became the patriarch and controlling owner of the team in 1988, following the death of his father.