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  1. #331
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daaaarryyl View Post
    Laura Goldman
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    It looks like Josh Harris is serious about buying the #Mets and not a bargain basement price. This is from part owners who have talked to him. He would be buying the whole team.



    Laura Goldman
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    I also think it's going to be Harris now. Nothing is guaranteed when negotiating with the Wilpons. No one has been able to close a deal with them. ARod and #JLo would be part of the ownership team. #Mets
    Please get it done


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    "You don't know how to drink. Your whole generation, you drink for the wrong reasons. My generation, we drink because it's good, because it feels better than unbuttoning your collar, because we deserve it. We drink because it's what men do."

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    Wilpons to Sell Team (Post # 134, Team to be put up for auction)

    Desperation from baseball fans has built up over the last month as Major League Baseball sputters and stalls toward a return-to-play plan via ineffective negotiations.

    While they uneasily wait for the likely autonomous ruling of a 48-to-54-game season by commissioner Rob Manfred, an (unfair) added level of anxiety is slowly surfacing for supporters of the New York Mets.

    It’s a foregone conclusion that MLB’s truncated 2020 season is going to hurt teams all around the league. Games will be played without fans in attendance, leading to sizable losses for team owners who rely heavily on gate receipts, parking, merchandise, and concessions at the stadium.

    Reports in the last month have cited that teams stand to lose an average of $640,000 per game — a number that has been made a headliner for the owners’ case of why players should not be paid their prorated salaries.

    Given their location in the largest sports market in the United States, the Mets would be one of the hardest-hit teams. While the numbers will surely differ given the potential length of the season, the Mets were expected to lose approximately $214 million during the shortened year in a report last month by the Associated Press.

    Only the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers stand to lose more.

    The difference between those three franchises, though, is that the Yankees and Dodgers are committed to consistently competing. That’s not the case for the Mets.

    A source with knowledge of the organization’s front office admitted to amNewYork Metro on Monday that the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season and the financial ramifications that come with it will “hurt the Mets more than most,” because the Fred and Jeff Wilpon — the owners of the club — will essentially stop pumping money into the team.

    “They run such a cheap operation,” the source added. “Given the fan base and market, they should be spending two times more than what they are.”

    “They are doing just enough to keep the fans coming, nothing more.”

    Such sentiments will only strengthen the cry of fans urging the Wilpons to sell the team, which they are trying to do despite the impact COVID-19 has had on the economy and the sport.

    An inability to sell the team would see the Mets’ payroll drop drastically under the Wilpons in 2021 from their current figure of $166.5 million, which is ranked just eighth-highest in majors this year.

    They are on the hook for $76.1 million next year as big contracts such as Yoenis Cespedes’, Jed Lowrie’s, and David Wright’s deals officially come off the books. But there are numerous arbitration-eligible players like Noah Syndergaard and Michael Conforto that will see that number jump over the winter.

    Other players not tethered to guaranteed deals — like catcher Wilson Ramos — could suddenly be made expendable due to frugality rather than production.

    For an organization starving for consistent success, cutting corners when the team is on the verge of building something promising will destroy any momentum built over the last two years.

    There is no excuse for a big-market club that plays in New York to have a payroll between $120 million and $130 million.

    In February, two-month negotiations between the Wilpons and Mets minority owner Steve Cohen — a hedgefund billionaire with an 8% stake in the team — fell through which would have given the Long Island native 80% majority ownership for $2.6 billion.

    Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the price of such a share has plummeted by as much as $1 billion, per reports.

    “[Cohen] totally dodged a bullet,” the source told amNewYork Metro.

    Since Cohen’s failed takeover, the likes of Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez stepped forward to mount a pursuit at ownership, as did New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris.

    The New York Post reported on Saturday that an international “mystery suitor” is also interested in the club — but nothing is serious as of yet. Jeff Wilpon himself said that there are “four or five suitors that are out there,” a statement that was immediately met with skepticism.
    https://www.amny.com/mets/source-wil...dged-a-bullet/
    Last edited by Claymation; 06-15-2020 at 08:34 PM.


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    I feel like we've heard about the Wilpons and their cheap ******** so many times, its almost like i've built an immunity to it. Its expected that no fan revenue this year is the perfect excuse for the Wilpons to drop payroll in 2021.

    Just sell the ****ing team already.

    I'm glad the Wilpons greed kicked themselves in the *** though. They could have had 2.6 billion dollars but that wasn't good enough.
    Last edited by metswon69; 06-15-2020 at 02:42 PM.

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    I ****ing hate these clowns. Please sell the goddamn team. I wish MLB will step in. I mean the Wilpons have been borrowing money for years enough is enough.

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    I hate how they drag this **** out. It seems like there is an obstacle to the Wilpons selling all the time, whether its support from MLB to keep the team (financially or otherwise), a pandemic related recession, Jeff Wilpon being a douchenozzle, etc.

    If they're going to lose 200+ million dollars this year, just move the **** on. They had their opportunity to get their price and not sell the network. They blew it. Find a buyer and call it a day.
    Last edited by metswon69; 06-15-2020 at 08:10 PM.

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    Wilpons to Sell Team (Post # 134, Team to be put up for auction)

    International mystery suitor??

    The cash strapped Wilpons and the coronavirus crippled Mets with their well below market value sound like a perfect situation for international money laundering.

    Maybe I watched too much Ozark.

    But still! Watch out for the Russian and Chinese buyers!


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    Quote Originally Posted by GottaBelieve View Post
    International mystery suitor??

    The cash strapped Wilpons and the coronavirus crippled Mets with their well below market value sound like a perfect situation for international money laundering.

    Maybe I watched too much Ozark.

    But still! Watch out for the Russian and Chinese buyers!


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    Cartel money goes a long way
    You think the opposition isn’t going to lob a pitch right down the plate when fvcking Ruth is in the dugout managing the team, Wyatt is batting and Darlene is spread eagle as the 1st base coach?

    Interesting enough, it probably is an excellent money laundering scheme. You have the Mets which can generate tons of fake revenue in advertising and ticket sales, then you hire your own companies to do the big cash transactions like beer sales and all food stands plus parking sales. Then you can also have your own security, training, Etc

    I think we just wrote season 4 or 5 of Ozark
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    Quote Originally Posted by GottaBelieve View Post
    International mystery suitor??

    The cash strapped Wilpons and the coronavirus crippled Mets with their well below market value sound like a perfect situation for international money laundering.

    Maybe I watched too much Ozark.

    But still! Watch out for the Russian and Chinese buyers!


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    Well I hope the lawyer that does the negotiating does not try to be too sneaky.

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    I cannot reveal my sources but Marty and Wendy Byrde along with Omar Navarro are in very serious negotiations to buy The New York Mets. An annoucement to the deal should be forthcoming in the next few weeks if not sooner.They will be the majority owners and Ruth Langmore will have a minority interest in the team.
    Last edited by Brooklyndave; 06-21-2020 at 02:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyndave View Post
    I cannot reveal my sources but Marty and Wendy Byrde along with Omar Navarro are in very serious negotiations to buy The New York Mets. An annoucement to the deal should be forthcoming in the next few weeks if not sooner.They will be the majority owners and Ruth Langmore will have a minority interest in the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyndave View Post
    I cannot reveal my sources but Marty and Wendy Byrde along with Omar Navarro are in very serious negotiations to buy The New York Mets. An annoucement to the deal should be forthcoming in the next few weeks if not sooner.They will be the majority owners and Ruth Langmore will have a minority interest in the team.
    I like Ruth as our manager
    Mound visits would be epic and dealing with Cespedes and his injuries would have been very different

    Jonah can probably run the analytics department, he seems smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyndave View Post
    I cannot reveal my sources but Marty and Wendy Byrde along with Omar Navarro are in very serious negotiations to buy The New York Mets. An annoucement to the deal should be forthcoming in the next few weeks if not sooner.They will be the majority owners and Ruth Langmore will have a minority interest in the team.
    Laura Linney is an American treasure.


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    Obviously, Ruth would be manager. C'mon, that's too easy.

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    Ruth will be yelling all the dirty laundry in front of the media for all to hear.

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