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The New York Mets have serious financial woes.Mets ownership scheduled a pointless extra spring training game versus the New York Yankees Wednesday to maximise profits from an added sellout, according to the New York Daily News.
The problem with this is that the Mets had to fly all the way from their Port St. Lucie, Florida, spring headquarters to New York just a few hours before their home opener against the Atlanta Braves Thursday.
The Braves were already in New York Wednesday, rested and ready to go.
From the NYDN:
After all, what’s a little inconvenience to [manager] Terry Collins and his players compared to an extra million dollars in spring training revenue, derived from hiking the ticket prices for the Yankees game — which, despite the fact the Yankees sent only three regulars, Brett Gardner, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones, still drew a record crowd of 7,644?
Considering that Mets owners, the Wilpon family, recently settled for $162 million in the Bernie Madoff case, this story isn’t all that surprising.
Throw in the facts that the club was practically begging people to buy random-perks-filled $20 million stakes in the team and the Mets have slashed their player payroll by almost $50 million and you see why an extra exhibition game might be so important.
The Mets are a mess.
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