NEW YORK — As a billionaire, Mayor Michael Bloomberg could afford to buy the Mets. But that's one job that he's not looking to step into after he leaves City Hall.
The mayor was asked by a reporter on Wednesday if he'd be interested in buying the team.
Bloomberg said he enjoys attending Mets games, but he can't figure out "why anybody wants to own a sports team." He said he already faces tough scrutiny from the press without owning a team.
The Mets have been in financial turmoil following three seasons of losing records at Citi Field and a lawsuit filed by the trustee seeking to recover money for victims of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. A trial is scheduled for next month; the trustee is seeking $386 million.