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Dan Burke, Capital Cities co-founder, former CEO at Capital Cities/ABC, dies at 82
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) ' Dan Burke, whose retirement plan included buying the Portland Sea Dogs after retiring as president and CEO of ABC/Capital Cities Inc., has died of complications from diabetes. He was 82.
Sea Dogs General Manager Geoff Iacuessa (eye-KWEH'-suh) says Burke died surrounded by family Wednesday morning at his home in Rye, N.Y.
Burke, along with Tom Murphy, built Capital Cities from a TV station in Albany, N.Y., into a giant that acquired ABC. Capital Cities/ABC was later taken over by Disney.
Two years before he retired, Burke bought an Eastern League minor league baseball franchise in 1992 with a goal of providing family entertainment in the state where he spent his summers. Kathie Lee Gifford sang the National Anthem at the first opening day for the Sea Dogs in 1994.