Though A ‘Cool Idea,’ Mark Cuban Lukewarm On Buying Mets

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Sure, many Mets fans want Mark Cuban to open his checkbook toward Flushing. But if the mogul’s appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is any indication, he won’t be calling the Wilpons any time soon.

“Maybe. It’s interesting,” Cuban explained to Kimmel. “I’d like it. It’d be a cool idea. But I don’t think it’s going to happen simply because it’d require writing an $800 million or more check. It’s a big check, right?”

Cuban, before Charlie Sheen crashed his interview, appeared hesitant on chasing any ownership of the Mets.

“I’ve been through this before, but call me crazy: When I write an $800 million check, I want somebody to kiss my a–,” he said. “I don’t want to have to beg and grovel to write that check.”

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.

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

“The whole situation with the Mets and everything … I don’t think it’s going to happen,” Cuban said. “I think they might put it out to bid if they have to sell it, and I’m just not going to go through that process.”

Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks, said on February 2 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,” said Cuban while courtside at Madison Square Garden. “But I’m not going to be a bidder on anything.”

Do you think Cuban should rethink his position on buying part of the Mets? Sound off in the comments below…

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One Comment

  1. AMAZIN says:

    Both of u shut the blank up… sincerely all METS fans

    1. AMAZIN' I THINK NOT says:

      another happy Mets fan, crying on hearing the truth. BOO! HOO! HOO! This is going to be a great summer not having to hear from these idiots Mets fans bragging about a team that hasn’t won in 25 yrs and thinking all their players are great when in reality they’e all over-rated. By the way, how many MVPs have Reyes & Wright won. I thought they were the future. Now that’s AMAZIN’

      1. ALWAYS AMAZIN says:

        Who cares dude. I’ll take our two rings over your 27..28 whatever. It means something 2 be a mets fan. No we dont win every year but its the hope that we will thats what makes it Amazin! Both of our world series titles were a suprise to the world & I wouldnt have it any other way. Watchin a yankee game is not exciting…you know that. So the real idiot is you because you watch a game knowing the outcome. The crazy part is when the Mets win New York becomes ours & yankee fans can’t stand that fact. Yea the city is yours until we enter the room like the EX you let get away & steal NY’s heart. Eat those perverbial apples !

  2. Oilver Perez says:

    Simple, Mark Cuban knows this is a loser team, a loser organization, with a losing history, other then Seaver, have had loser players, currently have loser players, nothing in the farm system to build with, but more important, the Mets have loser fans. Why invested in this is his thinking.

    1. ttc says:

      especially when they want him to be a “silent partner” .. a concept that is unnatural to Cuban

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