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New York Mets' COO: Talks About Moving and Possibilly Buying Islanders

NEW YORK - APRIL 6:  (L to R) New York Mets team President Fred Wilpon, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Saul Katz, New York State Governor George E. Pataki, Mets chairman of the board and CEO, Jeff Wilpon and New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (3rd-R) pose with an image of the new Mets ballpark at a media conference on April 6, 2006 at Shea Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of New York City. The Mets will construct the new ballpark at their own expense with an anticipated completion date by Opening Day 2009.  (Photo by Anthony Correia/Getty Images)
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Keith BennettCorrespondent IMay 12, 2010

Mets COO, Jeff Wilpon, said Tuesday he has talked with Islanders' owner Charles Wang, about building an arena in Queens as a possible home for the hockey team.

Wilpon told Newsday in an exclusive interview that he has had recent discussions with Wang about relocating the team to a new Queens arena and also said that it remains a possibility that he could buy the team.

"I've had conversations with Charles," Wilpon said by phone Tuesday, "and we've talked about Queens. We'd like to be helpful and I think Queens is an option. We built Citi Field well under budget and on time. I have all my guys ready. We haven't really discussed ownership. It has been more of "can we get something synergistic with CitiField and a hockey arena," what can happen here?"

Although, the majority of their conversations have focused on building a new arena, Wilpon has not ruled out the possibility of owning the Islanders.

Charles Wang has lost an average of $23 million a year since buying the team 10 years ago.

This would a great business move by the Wilpon's. The public thought because of the Madoff situation, the Mets were tight on money.

Seems like the government returned some of the money the Mets owners lost. A new Islanders arena and CitiField would generate big profits to both teams.

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