Report: Shinnecocks Want in on Mets' 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 Nation in Southampton 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. 

Read The Post's report at nypost.com.

bchbum11968 February 06, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Hmmmmmmmm, interesting.
BballNerd February 06, 2013 at 12:37 AM
No way this is going to work. The Indians are in the American League.
Ralebird February 06, 2013 at 06:28 AM
Newsday says the City of New York turned down that proposal in 2011 or 2012.
GOLD FINGER February 06, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Wilpon is a big crook and this proves my point


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