I love the Mets. They are the greatest topic ever to blog about.
Not only do you get at least 162 new topics every year, they are always willing to provide a soap opera.
So far this morning, CharlieSamuelsGate is back – and you know that’s going to end well with everyone’s hands being clean – and the Times brings up that maybe perhaps the Wilpons had some financial problems even before the lawsuit:
For instance, revenue from about 10,600 club seats and suites and from advertising and concessions dedicated to paying off the Mets’ new $800 million home, Citi Field, fell tens of millions of dollars short of forecasts made just two months before the season began in 2009. That was followed by a nearly 20 percent decline in attendance in 2010 and a resulting slide in revenue that was compounded by an increase in stadium bond payments.
Well that’s unlucky isn’t it?
On twitter last night there was an interesting premise: would the Mets be in better financial shape had they stayed at Shea? I imagine (unresearched) they would be drawing around two million, but maybe without the stadium financing they wouldn’t be hamstrung?
Then again picture the mood of the fan base with two collapses and two disasters without Shea Goodbye and obstructed views at Citi Field to distract.