The Wilpons reportedly still intend to sell the New York Mets. Unfortunately, it won’t be to billionaire fan Steve Cohen.
Well, Uncle Steve Cohen isn’t going to save the New York Mets. The billionaire we all believed would own the majority share of the team in some capacity within the next five years will not be buying from the Wilpons.
Thus far, there has been plenty of speculation about the details around the reason why the Mets won’t slide into Cohen’s hands. In the end, it doesn’t really matter who is to blame. The Wilpons are staying in charge—for now.
However, the team is reportedly still up for sale. As Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported, Fred and Jeff Wilpon are still planning on selling the team.
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As everyone has already realized, it’s going to be tough to find a buyer. This isn’t a bag of Skittles. This is a billion-dollar baseball club in the largest market in the United States.
Jeff Bezos? Donald Trump? A couple of million Mets fans with $20 each? Who will end up buying this organization?
It’s unfortunate this Cohen storyline had to end this way. Throughout the woes of the last few weeks, it was the one thing fans could hold onto for a hopeful and bright future ahead. So what if the Mets didn’t add much this winter? Who needs Carlos Beltran anyway? Steve Cohen was coming to town. He was going to make sure everything would be all right.
The trouble now is that fans no longer have a timeline where they can prepare the celebration. And if it’s true that Jeff Wilpon intends to stay with the organization as a decision-maker, it’s almost as if it doesn’t even matter.
The Wilpons continually make it difficult to empathize with them. It’s not even a clash of classes. Mets fans were ready to embrace Cohen and give him a chance despite his spot in the infamous 1%. Sports are a results-driven business and during the Wilpon regime, there haven’t been very many positive ones.
One day, this team will actually get sold. The Wilpon stain may stick on the franchise even after with the younger Scrooge appearing likely to stay around until he is literally run out of town.
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The next owner of the Mets will have a lot of cleaning up to do. With any luck, this high-profile fallout of the sale to Cohen catches the eyes and ears of the right person or people to do it.