March 3, 2021

James Dolan looking into buying SNY as Mets sale rumors swirl (New York Post)



Relax, Mets fans — James Dolan probably isn’t going to buy your team. He just wants the TV network.

As the Wilpon family cranks up a sale of its MLB franchise, rumors swirled this week that Dolan — who, as owner of the Knicks and the Rangers may be even less popular with Big Apple sports fans than the Wilpons — was interested in buying the Mets.

Sources confirmed it’s likely that the billionaire boss of Madison Square Garden will take a look alongside other prospective bidders. In addition to New York industry titans, those could include a bloc formed by ex-Yankee Alex Rodriguez, sources say.

Nevertheless, insiders said it’s not the team Dolan is likely interested in, but rather the Wilpons’ ownership stake in the SNY cable-TV network. The idea would be to merge it with the MSG Network to create a New York sports-broadcasting colossus, sources said.

“Jim Dolan buying the Mets sounds crazy at first,” said one banker familiar with Dolan and the Mets sale. “But he has always wanted to merge [the MSG Network] with another local sports channel. He needs baseball, and that might require taking a shot at the Mets.”

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