At a press conference this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was asked about Councilman Jimmy Oddo’s suggestion he buy the cash-strapped New York Mets. Mayor Bloomberg laughed off the idea.
“With Jimmy Oddo’s money?” he asked.
Mayor Bloomberg went on to say he has no interest in purchasing the Mets–or any other team for that matter because of the vicious nature of the sports media.
“Look the Mets are fun and I like going, I think Citi Field turned out fine. Why anybody wants to own a sports team, I can’t figure out. If you think the business press is tough, and then you get to the political press, the sports press that’s just really,” Mayor Bloomberg trailed off and let the audience fill in the blanks.
Money troubles sparked by dealings between the Wilpons, the family which owns the Mets, and financial fraudster Bernie Madoff have left the team struggling on the field and searching for willing investors. Mayor Bloomberg wished the Wilpons luck with their financial woes, but he said he’d rather enjoy the game from the stands than involve himself in the backoffice.
“I like the Wilpons, they are nice people, I’ve known the family for a while. I wish them–hopefully they work themselves out of their fiscal problems,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “I like to go and I like to have a beer, and some popcorn and enjoy.”