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Feb 8, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

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I was somewhat sympathetic to Mark Cuban last week when he got out in front of the Mets speculation by saying “nope, not interested.”  I mean, everyone always mentions his name when this stuff happens, so good for him for heading it off at the pass.

Sadly, it seems, that when it comes to getting his name mentioned in connection with a fluid ownership situation, he simply can’t help himself:

Cuban told the Daily News Monday night via email that while no one “representing the Mets” has contacted him thus far, more than one investment group has approached him to gauge his interest in investing in an ownership stake.

Honesty is honesty, so no, I don’t expect someone to lie about such things if asked. But really, Mark: at some point you could offer up a “no comment” when people are poking you about team ownership. Otherwise it sort of looks like you get off on having your name thrown around in these discussions. And you’re certainly far too busy with other matters to engage in such ego stroking exercises, aren’t you?

  1. turf24 - Feb 8, 2011 at 6:27 AM

    Is it me or does Cuban look like some kind of evil genuis in that picture?

    • lar @ wezen-ball - Feb 8, 2011 at 9:20 AM

      He looks like Syndrome, the bad guy from The Incredibles.


      • Kevin S. - Feb 8, 2011 at 10:11 AM

        He’s smart enough to eschew the cape, though.

    • lja76 - Feb 8, 2011 at 1:44 PM

      honestly…. the butler, lurch, from addams family.

  2. xmatt0926x - Feb 8, 2011 at 7:22 AM

    Turf, he is an evil genius. And with his genius you have to take all of him, ego and all. Im surprised that Craig is surprised at Cuban’s media-whore ways. Craig must not be an NBA fan or he would know that Cuban is right out there and in everyone’s face at all times. Thats why he has no shot to fully own a baseball franchise. I don’t care either way since my local teams are not and probably not in my lifetime ever be up for sale, but if I was a Kansas City or Pittsburg fan or a Cleveland fan I’d take Cuban with all his warts and attention loving ways because the guy spends to win. That of course doesn’t always work as Washington Redskins fans would argur, but better that type of owner that some of these baseball owners who have been exposed as pocketing much of the revenue sharing dollars for their own profit instead of pouring the money back into the team. Cuban is all about the big splash and marketing his stuff and fan involvement. He’d breathe life into any dying franchise in any sport. Just my opinion.

    • Panda Claus - Feb 8, 2011 at 8:17 AM

      Great point about the Redskins. The risk with bringing a maverick owner (see what happened there?) to baseball is exactly what happened with Steinbrenner, Snyder and to a certain extent, Jerry Jones. Now two of those guys eventually won trophies, but it wasn’t a process that necessarily went smoothly.

      It took Big George some time to learn how to stay out of the way, along with some added help by the commissioner’s suspension of him, and Snyder seems to be learning from his past mistakes (and making new ones in the process).

      So yeah, Cuban could “essentially” save the Mets. But he could upset the apple cart and hose over the rest of the league if he came in too recklessly.

      An old saying comes to mind: “Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.”

      • Kevin S. - Feb 8, 2011 at 8:55 AM

        Except Cuban immediately took a Mavs team that had been awful for its entire existence and made them into perpetual contenders this past decade. That’s not something money alone can do in the NBA (see Knickerbockers, New York). Cubes generally gets good people involved and lets them do their jobs. He’s on the cutting edge of advanced statistical analysis in basketball. Normally, with new ownership, you’d have to worry about them wanting their own front office guys, but I get the feeling the Alderson/JP/DePo team is really gonna appeal to him.

  3. sknut - Feb 8, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    Cuban can be a pain at times, but really he has such upside as an owner, would look at the mess with the Mets and Dodgers ownership groups, or look at teams that have been down for some time, he would breate new life into them. I for one hopes he becomes an owner of a baseball team. I think he would be good for the game, he is a passionate dude and some markets really need that.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Feb 8, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    As has been alluded to by several members of the Universe on these pages, everyone wants a second competitive team in the New York area. At some point, this must be stated: most baseball fans, hardcore or not, want other sports franchises serving the market to at least be in contention. Somehow, the only one in thids area that has shown some verve has been the Jets, who are as well known for buffoonery (as the Metropolitans tried, and failed), as for a guarantee of continuing success.
    Given that the hockey news this morning stated that the Rangers have not won in Detroit since 1999, the basketball teams improve only with erractic winning streaks, and the Giants up to the last game of the regular season could have mathematically eliminated the Packers for post season play, but didn’t, I will stick with the Steinbrenners and the 27 time Champions and await a new ownership group (not Wilpons, Dolans, even Meras or Johnsons) to establish parity in the pro community of their respective sport.
    Nothing is more fun than a spirited Universe-Metropolitans debate.

  5. mrznyc - Feb 8, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    The Wilpons have built their monument to the Dodgers out in Queens, which seems to have been Fred’s main goal all along, so now it wouldn’t surprise me to see them take a hasty exit to extricate themselves from a messy financial disaster.

    • lja76 - Feb 8, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      i dont know why craig calcaterra is complaining. he must be a phillies or yankees fan. my opinion is this is a good thing. its good that hes getting all this attention without even putting his name out there. maybe mlb will actually allow him to purchase a team for once. and at the end like kevin s stated, u have Alderson/JP/DePo running the club who basically told by selig to take care of this mess. that will only help in a business point of view. and if the wilpons are lucky enough to have a ballclub that actually starts winning, its only gonna help the wilpons to ask for more money from anyone willing to buy the team. at the end, mets fans might be seeing some sign of hope. god knows its been tough to be a mets fan.

      • lja76 - Feb 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM

        on a side note: i wouldnt be surprised if baseball actually allowed cuban to own a team, that they would also implement a salary cap. just saying, i wouldnt be shocked.

  6. BC - Feb 8, 2011 at 12:49 PM


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