Mets want new investor by end of month, MLB vetting takes 4-6 weeks after that
- 4/1/11, "Mets want new investor by end of month," Newsday by Steven Marcus
- Forbes magazine has reported the Mets have $450 million in debt.
Money from the partial sale to a new stakeholder -- estimated at $200 million -- will be earmarked to finance the team's day-to-day operations and to pay down debt, said a person familiar with the sale discussions.
- around $11.6 million doled out every two weeks.
Several minority ownership candidates have met with Wilpon and will do so again, said a person close to the discussions. After the winning bidder is selected, Major League Baseball will conduct a full vetting process, delaying the transaction another four to six weeks. The interested parties have been given access to the Mets' financial records.The Mets said in January that Wilpon and his partner, Saul Katz, would sell as much as 25 percent of the team to deal with a lawsuit brought by the Bernard Madoff bankruptcy trustee that could reach $1 billion....
The team's value was recently downgraded to $747 million by Forbes. But one person involved in the sale talks said, "The marketplace will determine what a fully vetted deal with multiple sophisticated buyers values the team at. It doesn't matter what Forbes says. It's what these eight or so bidders think the value is." The Wilpons have said they want to maintain majority control." (Newsday is subscription)Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon