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Famous people are lining up to not own the Mets

Feb 11, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

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I guess it’s because it’s New York and everyone is bored, but there have been a plethora of reports — and calling them “reports” is actually an insult to the act of reporting — linking famous rich people and the Mets in the wake Wilpon’s announcement that he’s looking for minority owners.  There was the MLK III report. The de riguer Mark Cuban chatter. In recent days we’ve had people asking Mayor Bloomberg and Jerry Seinfeld to state their intentions.

Fun stuff, but we’re not likely to find the next Mets’ minority owner — or maybe majority owner — on the gossip pages.  The people with the kind of money to buy anything other than vanity stakes in major sports franchises are all beyond mere celebrity wealthy, and they’re not the type of people like Mayor Bloomberg — who is legitimately loaded — who live their lives publicly like this.  I mean, look around at baseball’s ownership ranks: most of these guys are people you never heard of before they became baseball owners.

I have some friends who work in finance and big business and they all have tales of big time movers with outrageous amounts of capital at their disposal, either personally or by virtue of being able to wrangle investors.  You haven’t heard of any of them.   Living out loud like big celebrities is anathema to the type of person who is able to conquer the business world. Or inherit their father’s conquests.  These types of people are only remarkable when they prove to be exceptions to this rule, such as the case of Mark Cuban.

The next owner of the Mets is gonna be someone familiar only to those who read every article in the Wall Street Journal.  That’s how big money — truly big money — operates.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Feb 11, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Yes, I acknowledge that you are correct about the next owner, but how awesome would the post gamers be if they held a camera and mic in front of Seinfeld?

  2. BC - Feb 11, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Maybe A-Rod can buy the Mets? Then he could sit in the luxury box and be fed popcorn from Cameron Diaz.

    • Kevin S. - Feb 11, 2011 at 9:50 PM

      He’s probably worth more than the Wilpons at this point.

  3. sdelmonte - Feb 11, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    I plan on making an offer for the team. Unfortunately, they won’t accept my wife’s ancestor’s CSA money and my collection of vintage DC comics.

    • Old Gator - Feb 12, 2011 at 12:11 AM

      If you had Howard the Duck # 1, you could leverage the Mutts with no problem. If you had The Amazing Spider Man # 1, with verifiable signatures of both Lee and Ditko, you could own the team tomorrow and have the Wilpons hawking copies of Inside Pitch on the sidewalk on opening day.

  4. Panda Claus - Feb 11, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Craig, imagine the things you could do if YOU owned the Mets. On that topic, which category do you fall under? Big celebrity with not enough money or the guy nobody has ever heard about? Maybe a little of both.

    If you did own the Mets, as a Braves fan what would your first move be? My guess is you would find a way to hire Isiah Thomas or Matt Millen as GM. Keep someone capable like Sandy Alderson? Not a chance.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 11, 2011 at 3:20 PM

      You kidding? Craig falls somewhere between Lebron James’ driver and a hobo. I mean that in the nicest (nd most sadistic) way possible.

  5. goldtoothbiscuits - Feb 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    i could care less–it the Mets we’re taking about!

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