Joshua Harris, Owner of Sixers and Devils, Eyes Bid for Mets: Report

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By RADIO.COM

A new potential buyer has emerged for the New York Mets.

Billionaire Joshua Harris, who is the majority owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, is among the suitors interested in buying the Mets, according to Variety.

Harris, 55, is the co-founder of Apollo Global Management and has an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion. He purchased the Sixers — valued by Forbes at $2 billion — in 2011 for about $287 million and in 2013 he bought the Devils and the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ for $320 million, per reports.

In addition to Harris, David Blitzer — an executive at private equity firm Blackstone — is also a suitor for the Mets, per Variety.

The businessmen will also be up against celebrity couple Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, who are reportedly back at the negotiating table in an effort to buy the Mets after early talks had deteriorated.

They have retained JPMorgan Chase to help raise capital and have reportedly spoken to Patriots owner Bob Kraft and his son, Jonathan, to gauge interest as partners.

The Wilpons nearly sold the Mets to billionaire Steve Cohen earlier this year at a $2.6 billion valuation, but the deal fell apart in the final stages after a disagreement over the timetable of when Cohen would have full control.

Cohen’s name has continued to stick around, but the billionaire reportedly also wants SNY as part of the deal, as do A-Rod and J.Lo.

The Wilpons have initially did not want to include the regional TV network — which is a significant revenue-generator for them — in any deal, but are reportedly now willing to include it as long as they still retain some part of the network.

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