Mario Lemieux at the Stanley Cup parade - Bob Donaldson, Post-Gazette
Dejan reports this morning that Penguins' owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle made an offer to buy the Pirates four months ago. Bob Nutting repeated that the team is not for sale.
Honestly, I'm not sure there's a situation to describe," Mr. Nutting said last night when asked about the meeting. "I like Ron. He's an extremely competent businessman and deal-maker, and we've talked about a wide range of topics. But I think the simplest way to say this is that there never has been a substantive or formal offer for the team. The team is not for sale."
I understand why Pittsburghers would assume that if Lemieux owned the Pirates, the team would automatically begin to win. He has done some amazing things in this city, both on and off the ice. But I doubt that much would change with how the team operates. Even with Burkle's deep pockets, it is unrealistic to expect them to operate in the red. That is rare in sports owne...
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.