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Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle Offer to Buy the Pittsburgh Pirates

DETROIT - JUNE 12:  Co-Owner/Chairman Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins is interviewed after defeating the Detroit Red Wings during Game Seven of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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David MatuszakContributor IJanuary 30, 2010

In a shocking headline on the website of a Pittsburgh area newspaper, the headline appeared. Apparently Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle, both share the ownership of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have made a financial offer to buy the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Little is known about this as the headline just surfaced quite recently. Pirates owner Bill Nutting, however, has denied the news saying that the team is not for sale and there was no so called meeting.

According to the same source, the meeting apparently took place around four months ago at Penguin Headquarters in Pittsburgh. Both Burkle and Lemieux were reported to be present along with Nutting.

Penguins spokespeople have also refused to comment on the issue stating that they, "don't discuss private business matters."

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, neither Lemieux or Burkle could be reached for any comments.

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