By Joe McDonald at 5 February, 2013, 11:55 am
If there's anything to this report in the New York Post , it's probably way beyond the time for Major League Baseball to take the New York Mets away from the Wilpon ownership group, because Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are out of ideas. In order to get out from under the disaster of ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, the report says the team wants to build a casino and hotel on land next to Citi Field, the Mets' home ballpark.
The plan is a longshot, of course. Not only is live-dealer casino gambling illegal in New York state outside of tribal lands, but MLB surely doesn't want gambling happening next door to one of its stadiums. Even if there's no sportsbook involved, baseball has a bad history with gambling .
There's also the potentially dicey matter of building a giant casino among a lot of low-income housing, which is what the Willets Point area features. Morals? Bah!
Not only that, but who knows what a casino at Citi Field would mean for Mr. Met's job description. The "Charlie M." dramatization above might give us a sneak peak into his future as a loan shark and street tough like Joe Pesci's character from "Casino."
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The Post writes: