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State: SWB naming-rights contract must be made public

A state office says the naming-rights deal for PNC Field, the home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, must be made public.

A state office has held that the Lackawanna County Multi-Purpose Stadium Authority and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (Class AAA; International League) release the naming-rights deal for PNC Field, but the team is vowing to appeal the decision.

The Office of Open Records, in response to a open-records request from the Times-Tribune of Scranton , says the document is covered by the state's open-records law. The agreement has been secret since PNC Bank agreed to buy the naming rights to the ballpark; it's even been kept from Lackawanna County Commissioners.

The ruling is on hold until the Yankees file their appeals.

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