Days after owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon announced they would consider selling a minority stake in the Mets, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he would be open to talking about a potential purchase if approached by the club.
"On the Mets, I'm not gonna chase it, I'm not gonna call out [to them]. 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," Cuban told ESPNNewYork.com prior to the Mavericks' win over the Knicks in New York on Wednesday.
Due to what they called an "air of uncertainty" created by a lawsuit resulting from the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, the Mets are exploring the possibility of selling up to a 25-percent stake in the club, the Wilpons announced Friday. The Wilpon family also would consider selling a portion of the SNY cable network if it cannot sell the minority stake, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The Mets have not commented on that report.
The outspoken Cuban, who has a net worth of $2.3 billion according to Forbes, said a minority purchase of a ballclub would not be likely unless he could obtain future buying rights in the deal.
Cuban and Houston businessman Jim Crane submitted a $581.2 million bid to purchase the Rangers in August, but were outbid by the $593 million proposal by a group led by Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg.
"It's all hypothetical. I don't know. I don't know enough of the details. I certainly haven't looked at their books or anything," Cuban said. "But it's a great franchise in a great market. So I'm sure there's going to be a whole lot of interest."
Matt Weber is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.