Sunday, June 3, 2012

Comedian Bill Maher buys minority stake in New York Mets

You've got to be joking. Comedian Bill Maher has jumped on the New York Mets bandwagon and bought a minority stake in ownership of the team.

In a surprise announcement before Sunday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the political commentator and comic said he purchased one of the reported 12 minority stakes available to investors over the winter, reports the Newark Star-Ledger.

"First of all, I think it's a great investment," Maher said.  "People sometimes forget that there's only one National League franchise in New York City and they're not making anymore.  I'm a Met fan all my life and I think it would be a great place."

Think the liberal leftie will be able to get along with Mets who bat from the right?



Neither Maher or the Mets organization would comment on the percentage of his ownership or how much he paid for it, but he did make the purchase before the Mets started winning and got their first no-hitter.

Maher— who was raised in the northern New Jersey suburb of River Vale— said he always followed the Mets but never intended to buy a piece of a sports franchise.  He became interested in the Mets after seeing stories about the Wilpon family offering minority shares of the team due to the team's overwhelming debt— as a result of their association with  jailed Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff.  The 56-year old Maher— who resides in Los Angeles— began thinking about investing in his favorite team over the winter.

"It happened months ago," Maher said about the deal.  "It's the first time I've been in New York, so we didn't say anything. But I read about it  in the paper in December saying the Mets  were available— that you could buy these limited partnerships."

The host of his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher" won't have as much control over the team as he does with his guest panelists.  His new official title will be "New Partner," said Mets Vice-president of Marketing and Communications, David Newman.

And if you think Maher might be taking swings at the political right with David Wright, Ike Davis and Johan Santana instead of Cornel West, Rachel Maddow or Seth MacFarlane— you're out of luck.

"I'm just a fan," Maher said. "I'm not going to get involved.  I think my role is going to be bringing luck to the team— they didn't have a no-hitter for 50 years, I buy in and I come to town and there's a no hitter.  Draw your own conclusions."





23 comments:

  1. Just another reason to hate the Mets.

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more

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  2. why, if he's such a Mets fan, does he have on a yankees' shirt? a real fan would NEVER wear an opposing teams gear- regardless of their division. watch out Mets fans...

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    1. May not be a positive Yankees shirt. Above the Yankee symbol are a couple of words in Hebrew. I can't see the first one on the right (Hebrew's read right to left), but the second word is יורק which means "spits", so maybe he's spitting on the Yankees.

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  3. Really wanted to like the Mets but now that this sleazeball is part of the organization, it's a big "NO"...encouraging all of my friends and family in the Big Apple to boycott the Mets until this azzclown is no longer part owner...

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  4. Bill Maher is one of the few who tells it like it is. Righty wackos hate him for that. Good for the Mets.

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    1. He's a comedian. Only an idiot would think he's telling it "like it is".

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    2. Bill Maher specifically picks his show's guests because he knows he can brow-beat them. Ask George Will onto his show and Maher will wind up as a frustrated 5 year old when Mr Will gets finished verbally assaulting him!

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  5. what a bunch of crybabies you all are. "I used to be a loyal fan of a team until I stopped being loyal because I am a crybaby", boo hoo, can someone please go get me a flag to cry into.

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  6. sounds like a bunch of whiny ass republicans.

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    1. No, just real Americans who see this POS Maher for what he really is and thats a liberal, communist pig, your obveously in that same catagory.

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  7. Maher is an A-HOLE with a CAPITAL "A".

    Wish the Mets could have found someone else .... I feel dirty now with THIS loser owning part of of MY team!!

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  8. You people take politics a little too seriously. This is about a Met's fan owning a small piece of the team. Some of you really sound like a bunch of Marys.

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  9. I am so happy right now!! I hate Bill Maher even more than I hate the Mets. The losing streak starts "now". Just think New York now you won't ever hear "God bless America" at your ball park anymore (atheist moron). Guess the Clintons will be coming to all the home games now!! And we know you will no longer have a "right fielder". So I guess the Phillies can start their run for the division.

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  10. Now Roseanne Barr & Rosie O'Donnell have a place to sing the National Anthem. Flag burning's in Left field?? Al Queda meetings in the dugout??

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  11. Kind of like Rush trying to buy a NFL team. But wasn't allowed to.

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  12. I WAS a Mets fan. However since Maher is partial owner, cash in my chips please..........

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  13. The "minority" share must be the winning record share.

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  14. Let me see if I have this right: first Maher donates $1M to Obama's re-election campaign, now he purchases a minority portion of the Mets (I would guess several million dollars)? For a guy who constantly bad mouths the "1%" of this country, he must be an awfully wealthy guy to be spending all that money. Does he speak-ith with a guilty conscience???

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  15. Maher is a Gay Bitch and is a legend in his own mind. He should just shut the Hell Up and go play with his Gay little friends.

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  16. The shirt he is wearing is a New York Yankees shirt with the old top hat emblem on it and "New York Yankees" written around it in Hebrew. Very easy to find in Jerusalem. I don't think that there is one available with the Mets logo on it. I'll be in Jerusalem in two weeks and look for one

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  17. Maher can see humor in the world, while right-wingers are completely unable to

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  18. Maher had the blowhard Darrel Issa on his show. Case closed

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