Major League Soccer would very much like to build a soccer arena in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.(8)
Ever since Major League Baseball awarded the 2013 All Star Game to Citi Field, the New York Mets have been using the right to purchase tickets to the game, along with the weekend's other events, as a lure for full or partial-season ticket holders to renew, or sign up.
Councilman demands a 'Queens' name for a new soccer team, and consideration of Citi Field as its home
Major League Soccer is planning on bringing a professional soccer team to Queens, and one Queens councilman is demanding that the team have an appropriately 'Queens' name.
"Whatever happens, if we bring a soccer team to Queens, whether it be at Citi Field or a new stadium, that soccer team must be called the 'Queens' whatever," said Queens Councilman Peter Vallone. "Like there's the Brooklyn Nets, I want a 'Queens' team."(2)
"There's a lot of issues here," State Senator Tony Avella told Capital, shortly before the meeting began. "You can't just say, 'Oh, that sounds like a great idea."(4)
Fred Wilpon and his partners in New York Mets ownership just won big, twice. Following their $162 million settlement with Irving Picard, the trustee for the victims of Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme, word was put out that Wilpon had sold 12 minority shares in the New York Mets, worth $240 million.(3)
It's hardly been a good off-season for Fred Wilpon and his partners.
Back in December, the Mets owners acknowledged taking on another $40 million in debt, a bridge loan from Bank of America, to pay an approximately $25 million debt due on Citi Field and other offseason expenses.(1)
On August 16, 1999, back when Mike Piazza was in the first year of his seven-year, $91 million contract, the Mets signed a 16-year-old amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic named Jose Reyes.
Since then, throughout his dozen years in the Mets organization, it has seemed like Reyes' New York story would end one of two ways. One possibility was that he would ultimately fail to fulfill his brilliant potential because of injuries that sapped his production and robbed him of his extraordinary speed. The other possibility was that Reyes would become the star everyone expected him to be, spend his career as a driving force behind the Mets until he retired, and have his number seven placed alongside the retired numbers of Tom Seaver, Gil Hodges, Casey Stengel and Jackie Robinson.
In a surprise announcement today, Fred and Jeff Wilpon, chairman and chief operating officer, respectively, of the New York Mets, unveiled a plan to sell between 20-25 percent of their stake in the team. The Wilpons cited as their motivation an “uncertainty” created by Irving Picard's lawsuit to recover money for victims of Bernard L. Madoff's grand swindle from those, like the Wilpons, who allegedly came out ahead in the investments.