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  • Pirates ownership tells Cuban thanks, but no thanks on team purchase

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    Cuban interested in Pirates
    Owner of NBA's Mavericks told team is not for sale

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is interested in buying his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates, but the ownership told him the team isn't for sale despite its ongoing streak of 13 consecutive losing seasons.

    In an e-mail response to The Associated Press, Cuban said Monday he looked into buying the team recently but, "they told me they have no interest in selling."

    Cuban's interest in the team he grew up rooting for is well known, but this is the first time he has acknowledged wanting to buy the Pirates. Previously, he said he would look into acquiring a stake only if the Pirates were put up for sale or if acquiring a lesser share of the team would help keep it in Pittsburgh.

    "The Pirates are not for sale," club vice president Patty Paytas said, responding to Cuban's comment.

    The Pirates were bought 10 years ago by a group assembled by newspaper heir Kevin McClatchy, the managing general partner. The largest investor is Wheeling, W.Va., newspaper publisher G. Ogden Nutting and his two sons, who were initially brought into the group by McClatchy in 1996 and have since acquired at least a 25 percent stake of the 119-year-old franchise.

    While McClatchy's group probably prevented the franchise from moving elsewhere and was successful in persuading lawmakers to build PNC Park, the team has had 10 consecutive losing seasons since the purchase and only once has finished within five games of .500.

    The Pirates had the third-lowest payroll in the majors last season and have declined to actively pursue upper-tier free agents, attempting instead to build with lower-priced prospects.

    That probably wouldn't be the case under Cuban, a billionaire who has spent millions building the Mavericks into one of the NBA's top franchises, though they have yet to win an NBA title since he acquired them in 2000.

    Cuban also attempted to buy into a Pittsburgh sports team before purchasing the Mavericks, talking with Mario Lemieux's ownership group as it was buying the NHL's then-bankrupt Pittsburgh Penguins in 1999. But the group wanted Lemieux to be the face and voice of the organization, and was unwilling to allow Cuban to play an active role in the team's day-to-day operations.

    Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.[/b][/quote]

    "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
    Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
    -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

  • #2
    Too bad for the Pirates. That would be the best thing that could happen to them.


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    • #3
      QUOTE(kconn @ Nov 7 2005, 11:11 PM) Quoted post
      Too bad for the Pirates. That would be the best thing that could happen to them.
      [/b][/quote]

      ++

      But I bet the league is also happy, he is a guy who doesn't mind spending money, and finds ways to make players happy.
      Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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      • #4
        I thought Fidel liked basebol?

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        • #5
          he'll get them sooner or later

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          • #6
            QUOTE(MsFunkay @ Nov 8 2005, 01:03 AM) Quoted post

            he'll get them sooner or later
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            I think you're right about that.

            I hope so... living out here, I'd like to see them be good. It would be far more entertaining to watch the Cards beat them in meaningful games, rather than the meaningless ones they play now.


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            • #7
              I've always been a fan of the Pirates, not sure why. I saw them as a little kid and have always remembered the animated train at Three Rivers.

              Of course, they were a beast in the early 90s and it was a fun squad to watch. They're also one of baseball's oldest franchises and if you're a true ball fan, it's hard to see a franchise with so much history suck for so long.

              As any of your good lawyers will tell you, Mark, don't listen to to the Buckos owners; everything is negotiable.
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              • #8
                I've liked the Pirates since I was a kid, too. I was on a little league team called the Pirates. Tony Pena was one of my favorite players and I was ecstatic when the Cards got him.

                I love watching their 1979 season highlights.
                RIP Chris Jones 1971-2009
                You'll never be forgotten.

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                • #9
                  QUOTE(lasvegasreb @ Nov 8 2005, 12:22 AM) Quoted post

                  I've always been a fan of the Pirates, not sure why. I saw them as a little kid and have always remembered the animated train at Three Rivers.

                  Of course, they were a beast in the early 90s and it was a fun squad to watch. They're also one of baseball's oldest franchises and if you're a true ball fan, it's hard to see a franchise with so much history suck for so long.

                  As any of your good lawyers will tell you, Mark, don't listen to to the Buckos owners; everything is negotiable.
                  [/b][/quote]


                  I remember that train...

                  The breaking point was when Cuban told Bucs owner Kevin McClatchy that he wasn't fit to run a Dairy Queen. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]

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