Outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, does have interest in buying a Major League Baseball team, but it doesn’t look like it will be the New York Mets.
During his appearance on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show on Monday (March 21), Cuban discussed a variety of topics, but when asked if he was buying the Mets, he said he doesn’t “think it’s going to happen.”
“Maybe. It’s interesting,” the billionaire said. “I’d like it. It’d be a cool idea. But I don’t think it’s going to happen simply because it’d require writing an $800 million or more check. It’s a big check, right?
“I’ve been through this before, but call me crazy: When I write an $800 million check, I want somebody to kiss my ass. I don’t want to have to beg and grovel to write that check.”
According to ESPN, Cuban was previously interested in buying the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs, but came the closet to owning an MLB most recently when he almost landed the Texas Rangers in 2010. However, Nolan Ryan’s group outbid Cuban’s group in an auction.
“We had our price, we were willing to go up to, and their last bid pushed us to our limit,” Cuban said at the time. “We couldn’t bid again without going over our price.”
With the Mets, Cuban says he’s not wiling to go through another auction for ownership.
“The whole situation with the Mets and everything … I don’t think it’s going to happen,” Cuban said to Kimmel. “I think they might put it out to bid if they have to sell it, and I’m just not going to go through that process.”