EXCLUSIVE: Mets Execs Take Chopper To Watch Knicks/Heat Game

Port St. Lucie, Fla. (WFAN/AP) – How did the Mets front office contingent get from Port St. Lucie to Miami for the Knicks-Heat game on Thursday night? First-class transportation, that’s how.

WFAN’s Ed Coleman took video of Jeff Wilpon, Sandy Alderson, John Ricco and Terry Collins taking a helicopter from one of the practice fields at the Mets spring training complex to see Jeremy Lin and the Knicks face LeBron James and the Heat.

Collins, who has been trying to find his own version of Linsanity, wanted to see the sensation live.

The chopper ride comes at a time when Mets ownership has come under criticism after reducing payroll for the 2012 season some 37% – from about $143 million in 2011 to around $90-91 million for this year.

Sterling Equities Associates, which owns the Mets, have also recently requested that the Supreme Court to get involved in their attempt to recover money from Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Sterling Equities wants justices to reverse a lower court ruling. That ruling approved the way the trustee determined who can get money from a special fund set up for Madoff investors. Under the current ruling, Sterling would not be immediately eligible to participate in the recovery fund.

How do you feel about the Mets chopper ride? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • david vanschaick

    The Wilpons are a Joke! They’re supposedly broke,but yet can take a chopper ride to Miami. They can’t sign Reyes,yet they can go to a Knicks game in Miami. This pathetic. By the way, if you think the 10 investors and the 200 million they are going to give is going to be used on the payroll on this team, guess again!

  • dean

    love to see you bitter jealous met fans in a tizzy! orange and blue are the colors of same and failre

  • Marc Weiss

    Who wrote this article ? Occupy Flushing ?

  • Nick Lawrence

    Brian:,WTF does are Reyes have to do with a helicopter and a basketball game? You’re a stupid f%#k.

  • Nick Lawrence

    Brian:,WTF does are yes ave to do with a helicopter and a basketball game? You’re a stupid f%#k.

  • Nick Lawrence

    Who gives a crap? It’s their helicopter. BUT–when the baseball season starts, I’m not going to one Mets game. I’ll boycott the guys who want to helicopter around. If they’re going to spend money like water, they won’t get any of mine. I wish CBS would give more coverage to this helicopter incident so more people would boycott them.

  • Steve

    so what !

  • Brian

    its a slap in the face and going to the same city Jose Reyes now plays in i mean come on

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