Cuban eyeing Penguins

Toronto Sun Sports

, Last Updated: 1:38 PM ET

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is interested in becoming a limited partner in a new ownership group trying to buy the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, according to a report.

"I have told several people who have contacted me that, although I wouldn't be the lead or largest investor, I would kick in some money if it would help," Cuban, a Pittsburgh native, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Mario Lemieux tried to get Cuban to join his ownership team back in 1999 when the NHL Hall of Famer purchased the team after it went bankrupt. He eventually balked -- uncomfortable with how Lemieux's group was structured.

Cuban has also expressed interest in owning the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are not currently for sale.

Since purchasing the NBA Mavericks in 2000, the outspoken owner hasn't been far from the headlines, delivering controversial statements against the league and its officials and racking up more than $1 million in fines.


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