Comedian and HBO talk show host Bill Maher is now part owner of one New York Major League Baseball team. The New Jersey native is a longtime fan of the Mets and recently revealed that he bought a minority stake in the team. Maher hasn’t shared what he paid for the stake, but we do know that shares of the team were put up for sale at $20 million apiece after the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal last year. He may have purchased a full share, or gone in with others.
Maher told The New York Times he considers his role to bring the team good luck. “Let’s be honest,” he said, referring to the team’s first-ever no-hitter last week. “There was no no-hitter for 50 years. I buy in and come to town. Draw your own conclusions.”
The team posted this video of Maher via Twitter on Sunday, dubbing the comedian a “new Mets partner”. In the clip, Maher expresses the love he’s had for the team since childhood, when he can remember the team’s creation.
Forbes reported that with his investment, Maher will receive a “huge subsidy from low-income tax payers who helped finance Citi Field,” due to New York City’s property tax laws.