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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Names of Potential Owners Given to MLB

According to the New York Post, some of the names on the list of potential Mets owners given to MLB for review have emerged.

One group including David Heller, co-chairman of Goldman Sachs, has met with Steve Greenberg twice. Greenberg is the managing director at Allen & Co. hired by the Mets to find a buyer.

Another group includes the co-founder of the global trading firm BTIG, Ken Dichter, the co-founder of Marquis Jet and other New York professionals.

A third group includes Bobby Valentine, which is being led by Anthony Scaramucci, the general manager of asset manager SkyBridge Capital.

Tampa Bay Rays majority owner and Brooklyn native, Stuart Sternberg has been speculated as being on the list but he refutes the claims stating that "the Wilpons have been great owners and I have no interest in buying the Mets."

The MLB will make sure the candidates have the financial resources to purchase the interest in the team and conduct background checks. Unlike employment background checks which take 1-3 days, these checks can take months. They also look at "intagibles," things that might be completely legal, such as ownership in a casino which would make a bad fit for baseball.

If an investor group passes the vetting process, the owners are then asked to meet with the owners of the Mets to discuss the terms of the deal.

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