Report: Mets Mull Citi Field Casino

New York Post says team ownership wants gambling funds to pay for team operations.

We knew Mets co-owner Fred Wilpon of Great Neck-based Sterling Equities that owns the team liked to gamble with his money — remember Bernie Madoff? — but this is something new.

According to a report in the New York Post, the team's current ownership group is interested in putting a casino adjacent to Citi Field to help fund the operation of the Mets.

After a settlement of damages stemming from the Bernie Madoff-led Ponzi sceme, the Mets have struggled to make ends meet. At one point, the Amazin's even had to take a loan from Major League Baseball to pay the bills. 

So, their latest idea is to let everybody else do the gambling to fund the team.

According to the Post, the Shinnecock Indian Tribe of Long Island is interested in operating the casino, making it legal to include live dealer tables, rather than the types of video poker and games played at other New York state casinos. 

No word yet on what MLB — a notoriously gambling-averse organization — thinks about the plan.

If the Mets manage to pull an inside straight and get their plan approved, it would be the second casino in Queens — competing with Resorts World at Aqueduct. 

Do you think this is a good idea? Let us know in the comments section below.

Robert Demarco February 05, 2013 at 09:18 PM
The Mets are my team, but the Wilpons are clowns. I wish that they would sell the team to someone who is poroperly capitalized and interested in winning. The casino thing is a bad idea.
Frank T February 05, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Really desperate idea by the Wilpon's. They should have sold the Mets but they are pigs. They gambled and lost with Madoff and they continue to ruin the Mets franchise and devalue the team.
Anthony Balducci February 06, 2013 at 02:54 AM
If you can't afford the team, sell it! Plenty of people out there that would put their own money INTO the Mets and return class to the club.


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