Howard Megdal

Sports biz report: Time for Mets to lock in their young pitchers:

The signing of Yoenis Cespedes, as detailed in this space, has given the Mets some breathing room regarding the enormous, now smaller gap between the revenue base they hold as a New York team that owns its own regional sports network and what they spend on payroll.

Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and currently contributes to USA Today Sports Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Vice Sports. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. His book on the Cardinals will be published by St. Martin's Press in February 2016. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.

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The all-or-nothing Knicks are neither, for a change

The reason it is so difficult to process the trade the Knicks completed Wednesday with the Dallas Mavericks, sending Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton away, is that the deal doesn't fit into either of the two approaches the team has taken over the past, oh, let's say 40 years.

Jun. 25, 2014

 
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The game that wrecked the New York Cosmos

CHESTER, PA--Precisely what was at stake in the U.S. Open Cup for two local teams, the Red Bulls and the Cosmos, could be fairly easily discerned by their reactions to getting knocked out of the competition.

Jun. 25, 2014

 
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With Red Bulls vanquished, Cosmos eye an Open Cup path to prominence

Following Saturday night's victory by the Cosmos over the Red Bulls, Red Bulls coach Mike Petke offered any number of excuses as to why the M.L.S.-side Red Bulls lost to the N.A.S.L.-representing Cosmos.

Jun. 18, 2014

 
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‘Minor league’ Cosmos win their major league match

A surreal feeling permeated Hofstra's Shuart Stadium Saturday night, where two teams battled in the U.S. Open Cup, a sadly underutilized soccer tournament that usually draws yawns.

Jun. 15, 2014

 
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Knicks front office, for now: It’s not about Dolan

It took roughly 20 minutes into the first Q and A held between the New York media and Derek Fisher, newly-minted head coach of the Knicks, for James Dolan to come up.

Jun. 11, 2014

 
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How big will NYCFC be?

MLS expansion club attracts bright stars, big questions

Jun. 3, 2014

 
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The end of a hitting coach, and a G.M.'s baseball autonomy

Dave Hudgens' firing was ordered by Mets C.O.O. Jeff Wilpon

May. 27, 2014

 
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Mets act fast on ownership tweet, other ‘distractions’

Losing on the field, ownership talks of many things

May. 22, 2014

 
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Is the Wilpon family wobbling?

Many scenarios threaten Fred Wilpon's control of the Mets, let alone hand them off to his son Jeff

May. 12, 2014

 
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Reminder: The Mets' problems come from the very top

Blaming the G.M., while ignoring the context, is pointless

May. 12, 2014