Mark Cuban not into Mets purchase

Updated: March 22, 2011, 9:07 PM ET
ESPNDallas.com

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has had varying degrees of interest in buying a Major League Baseball team, but it looks like his next go-around won't be with the New York Mets.

Faced with the trustee for victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme trying to recover as much as $1 billion from Mets ownership, Fred Wilpon has been trying to sell about a quarter of a stake in the team. New York mogul Donald Trump, for one, has already said that he's not interested in anything less than a controlling stake in the Mets.

In an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" that was interrupted by Charlie Sheen on Monday night, Cuban discussed a variety of topics and sounded lukewarm on any pursuit of the Mets.

"Maybe. It's interesting," Cuban 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."

After exploring ownership of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs in recent years, Cuban came closest to purchasing the Texas Rangers last year. 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."

The Mets' situation seems less appealing to Cuban, even if the team's ownership is forced to unload its entire ownership stake.

"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."

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