Pittsburgh businessman Ty Ballou plans to purchase pirates – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Pirates are not for sale, but a local small business owner wants to make a game to buy the team.

Ty Ballou, known for marketing products like Flutie Flakes, Kasparaitis Krunchers and Jumpin ‘JuJu’s Crunch, held a press conference in a parking lot in Emsworth on Monday to say he would like to buy the Pirates.

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“The plan is to meet with Mr. (Bob) Nutting or his representative and work out a price,” said Ballou. “Let’s find a way to do this.”

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According to Forbes, the pirates are worth nearly $ 1.2 billion, which seems like a lot of money to a small business owner in Pittsburgh. However, Ballou believes it can put together an investment group.

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“I don’t have billions,” said Ballou. “But I think I know where to get it. And if the number is right for both sides … we can implement it. ”

Obviously there are plenty of frustrated Pirates fans in Pittsburgh, but there are also plenty of skeptics who believe Monday’s event was purely a publicity stunt.

“I don’t need any advertising. I am an old man who has been doing this for a long time. I will be making more granola, cucumber, peanut butter. This is what i do I think I can buy this team. “

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Ballou’s first goal is to get a meeting with Nutting, which seems very unfortunate considering the team is not for sale.

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