Nutting has not expressed any public interest in selling the team.
It is not unheard of for city mayors to help professional sports owners find potential investors for a sale. In 2013, Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson assembled an on-the-fly group of investors to show the NBA and Kings ownership they were interested in keeping the team. Eventual owner Vivek Ranadive waspart of that group. In 2014, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reedworked with the NBA to find a new owner for the Hawks.
Later in the AMA, user Steelerspizza asked for the mayor's honest thoughts of Pirates ownership. Said Peduto: "As a fan - I am greatly disappointed. I don't expect they will constantly be in the hunt, but the acceptance of below-mediocre is unacceptable. Some believe my office grants me the authority to challenge the ownership to do better - it doesn't. I have a voice on the lease agreement and the development agreement and neither have any conditions on performance. I believe MLB needs to have a salary floor that requires teams to be competitive and a lowering of the ceiling. My feelings are known by the team. Again, as a fan, I would do anything to see the Pirates in the World Series or NLCS again."
On Sept. 30, Dejan Kovacevic wrote that previous owner Kevin McClatchy promised the Pirates would operate under good faith toward maintaining a competitive payroll within their means in exchange for taxpayer money to fund PNC Park. Section 4.3.3 of the team's lease states: “All financial records of the Team shall be open to inspection and audit of the Authority and its representatives or agents during the lease term and for a period of three years thereafter, which inspection shall occur at the team’s office, following reasonable notice.” Kovacevicaddressed the lease again on Oct. 1, after he had exchanged tweets with Peduto.