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Wednesday / February 8.
  • Cuban Won’t Initiate Minority Purchase of Mets

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    NEW YORK — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he won’t initiate a bid to purchase a minority stake in the Mets, but he would consider it if they reached out.

    “On the Mets, I’m not gonna chase it, I’m not gonna call out [to them],” Cuban said before his Mavericks beat the Knicks, 113-97, Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

    “If they want to contact me, if they have an interest and they think I’d be a good owner, I’d take their call and I’d be more than happy to discuss it. But I’m done chasing and bidding on baseball teams.”

    Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon announced Friday that they were seeking a minority owner to purchase 20-25 percent of the team in the wake of the Bernie Madoff scandal and ensuing litigation that took a bite out of the family finances.

    “I’m not out there trying to buy a team, but if somebody contacted me and it made sense, I’d listen,” Cuban added after the game. “But I’m not out there to trying to bid or anything like that. I’m not contacting their investment bankers or doing any of those things.”

    Cuban previously bid on both the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers but doesn’t want to be used simply “to drive up the price” for the Mets.

    Asked if he hoped to own a baseball team down the road, he said, “I’ll look at it. I’ve always said if it’s an iconic franchise in a big market, then it would be of interest.”

    Still, he won’t pursue anything right now.

    “I did that before,” he said. “I’m not going to do it again.”



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.