Political commentator and comedian Bill Maher has purchased a minority ownership stake in the New York Mets.
The announcement was made by Maher before Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals. The stake was one of 12 offered to investors over the winter.
Speaking of the deal Maher explained:
“First of all, I think it’s a great investment. 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 my whole life and I think it would be a great place.”
Maher and the Mets are not revealing the monetary amount he put into the team or his ownership percentage.
Bill Maher says he never intended to buy any part of a sports franchise until he read about the Wilpon family and their association with Bernard Madoff. Realizing his favorite club was in debt Maher says he jumped at the opportunity to own a part of his favorite baseball team since childhood.
The ownership stake was actually a done deal months ago, according to Maher:
“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.”
Maher’s title with the team is now: “New Partner.”
In ending his statement regarding the buy Bill Maher said:
“I’m just a fan. 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.”