- On-field ineptitude is, as planned, quite profitable (even by accounting standards that likely rival Hollywood's for creativity) consequent to subsidies from taxpayers and from Clubs that profit while trying to win.
- When the Pirates' owners claimed, repeatedly and without qualification, that they had not grabbed money from the
Clubtaxpayers, they lied.
- The Pirates also continue to deny they dumped their biggest salaries -- the difference between a profit and loss a season ago, by their reckoning -- for financial reasons. So long as the Pirates have fans older than 12, there might be adults who believe their claims.
- The Pirates, under the Nuttings' control, remain every bit as likely to win a pennant as the Nuttings' newspaper empire is to win a Pulitzer Prize.
- David Berri, president of the North American Association of Sports Economists, recognizes from afar what no local journalist has been willing (or perhaps permitted) to report: "The numbers indicate why people are suspecting they're taking money from baseball and keeping it - they don't spend it on the players. Teams have a choice. They can seek to maximize winning, what the Yankees do, or you can be the Pirates and make as much money as you can in your market. The Pirates aren't trying to win."
- And Pittsburgh's newspapers continue to pursue the Pirates' financial story with the same zeal they devote to identifying 1) who was responsible for that ridiculous hole under the Allegheny, 2) whose idea the drink tax was, and 3) who is lobbying whom with respect to the Great InsolvenCity Parking Garage Sale. Maybe the AP can look into those issues for us, too?