Mavs owner Mark Cuban to buy the Pittsburgh Pirates?: Local writer John Perrotto, citing Cuban as a "lifelong Pirates fan" says: "To have a risk taker own the Pirates would be a refreshing change of pace from people who run their business like most newspaper people do, cut everything to the barebones and try to bleed as much profit as possible. Just as important, Cuban would bring some personality to a franchise in desperate need of some revitalization." However, he adds "Alas, Cuban buying the Pirates is likely nothing more than a fantasy. While McClatchy has said he might consider stepping down as CEO after next year's All-Star Game at PNC Park, the Nuttings provide the money behind the operation and are said to be in it for the long haul, particularly as long as the Pirates are profitable. Thus, the chances of seeing Cuban sitting in McClatchy's seat are slim, even if it is great fun to speculate on what might be."