When PNC Financial Services Group Inc. of Pittsburgh buys Cleveland's National City Corp., it will gain Ohio's largest bank but could lose some Nat City customers — rabid fans of football's Cleveland Browns — to KeyCorp.At least that's what Henry L. Meyer 3rd, Key's chairman and chief executive, hopes will happen. The rivalry between the Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers has been bitter at times, and some diehard Browns fans could adopt KeyCorp rather than let their Nat City accounts shift to a Pittsburgh bank, Mr. Meyer said Wednesday at the Merrill Lynch conference in New York. "Any time there is a merger or disruption in our marketplace" there is the potential for Key "to benefit," Mr. Meyer said.

"There is not a love affair between Cleveland and Pittsburgh," he said, "so there is a chance that that factor — Steelers-Browns — may enter in a little more disruption than might otherwise be there."

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