Mark Cuban: ‘I’ll Answer The Phone’ If Mets, Wilpons Call

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Memo to the Wilpons: Call Mark Cuban.

The Dallas Mavericks’ owner, whose net worth is $2.3 billion according to Forbes, said on Wednesday that he would be “willing” to discuss purchasing part of the Mets, but won’t go out of his way to bid on the team.

“If they want to sit down and sell me on it, I can be a willing buyer and a willing customer,” Cuban said before last night’s Knicks loss at MSG. “But I’m not going to be a bidder on anything.”

Cuban, who has two failed MLB franchise bids under his belt, is not willing to “chase after it.”


“If someone sees me as a potential owner, I’ll take their call and discuss a deal,” Cuban said. “I’m not going to get into a bidding situation ever again. … Obviously, I feel like I’d be a good team owner in baseball, but I’m not going to go through the same process I did with the Rangers and the Cubs.”

An investment group led by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan won a contentious auction for the Rangers in August, beating back a nearly $600 million offer from Cuban. He also reportedly lost out on an attempt to purchase the Cubs in 2007.

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The Mets are apparently under pressure as a result of a lawsuit from the trustee trying to reclaim money for victims of the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme. On Friday, Owner Fred Wilpon and his son, Jeff, announced they were exploring a partial sale of the team that would raise several hundred million dollars.

Fred Wilpon said the Mets were looking to sell a non-controlling interest of 20 to 25 percent and he did not envision giving up control of the franchise, which his family first bought into in 1980.

Although he called the Mets a “great franchise,” Cuban isn’t entirely sold on the idea of buying a small chunk of the team.

“You take a small part of something that makes a ton of money, if the price is right, no matter who you are,” said Cuban. “It’d be very unlikely that I’d choose to participate if they came to me for a minority stake unless there was a right to buy it in the event of that opportunity.”

So, what’s the bottom line for the Mavs’ enigmatic owner?

“Like I said, I’m not going to be making any phone calls, but I’ll answer the phone.”

Would Cuban be a good fit for the Mets? Sound off in the comments below!

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One Comment

  1. dibups says:

    Time for Mr. Carton to get out his bullhorn and start shouting “SELL THE TEAM, SELL THE TEAM” into it. The Mets are doomed otherwise, and it can’t be 25% or 50% it has to be entire thing. Anybody who thinks otherwise is even more clueless then Fred or Jeff. At this point I really don’t care who the Wilpon’s sell to, although the Dolan’s might be a little chancy. Mark Cuban, Donald Trump, and just about anybody else would be fine. Let’s get to work, Craigee; I’ll be happy to relieve you, if you need a backup.

  2. Al Collins says:

    I’d like to see the nets owner buy the mets outright. He has the money

  3. JAYARE says:

    yes cuban would be a great fit with the mets, just look at what stienbrenner did for the yankees. now that george is gone i think cuban would make the mets fun and new york needs that.

  4. nk says:

    Deep down, I feel Cuban may not be the best owner in sports because he is over the top but I do feel he would help the Mets on a few fronts. First of all he is loaded so spending wouldn’t be an issue. He has shown that he is enthusiastic and wants to win and treats players well making the Mets an attractive landing spot for players. Second, he has experience with TV so getting a piece of SNY could only help. His ideas on HD and 3D would serve the Mets well. Finally he like the Jets this year would attack the establishment both in NY and the league which is good. I am a Giants fan and had to take notice of the Jets. For too long this has been a Yankee town, The Wilpons are happy to play second fiddle which is unacceptable. A Cuban acquisition may not guarantee success but it would make things interesting and make the Mets more relavent.

    1. Big Hec says:

      how many championships do the Mavaricks have? Teams are known for winning championships, just look at the Yankees, Lakers, Bulls, Celtics, Giants, Steelers, that’s when you become relavent. Wilpon has put a ton of money, in the biillions, for the Mets to win and has won just once, so bringing in Cuban because of his bucks does not guarantee a title. There’s a reson why Cuban has been fined so many times by the NBA. He’s selfish, all about me guy. Running a baseball team, which includes the minor league teams, is a lot harder then running a basketball team (just 12 players, no minor league teams). Be careful what you wish for. .

      1. Robb says:

        I like how the Giants were put on this list, very funny. How about the Cowboys, 49ers, Green Bay, heck even the Pats go before the Giants. Oh wait, you mean San Franciso Giants, got it!

      2. Big Hec says:

        hey Robb, Giants have won 3 Super Bowls and 4 NFL Championships, you sound like a bittered Jets fan. Oh, let me take another wild guess, you’re also a Mets fan. Those teams I listed was just an example you moron. I will say this, listing the Mets & Jets championships would have been easier (3). What a double loser you are.

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