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Pittsburgh Businessman Ty Ballou Wants To Make A Play To Buy Pirates

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

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

"The plan is to meet with Mr. (Bob) Nutting or his representatives and come up with a price," Ballou said. "Let's find a way to make this happen."

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

"I don't have billions," Ballou said. "But I think I know where to get it. And if the number is right for both parties ... we can make it happen."

Obviously, there are a lot of frustrated Pirates fans in Pittsburgh, but there are also many skeptics who believe Monday's event was strictly a publicity stunt.

"I don't need publicity. I'm an old guy who has been doing this for a long time. I'll make more cereals, pickles, peanut butters. That is what I do. I think I can buy this team."

Ballou's first objective is to get a meeting with Nutting, which seems highly unlucky considering the team isn't for sale.

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