Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez might borrow billions of dollars to buy the Mets

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez (r) attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Golden Globes, at Hotel Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA, on 05 January 2020. | usage worldwide

The idea of borrowing a huge sum of money makes my skin itch. Mortgages are one thing, although I do believe people should be realistic about how much house they actually need, you know? But getting a loan to buy a sports team? I would be racked with anxiety. I would spin out the worst case scenario, which would obviously be “holy sh-t, how could I ever pay back $2 billion dollars?” But Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are different. They apparently went to JP Morgan to raise capital for a proposed purchase of the Mets franchise. Whew.

Retired baseball star Alex Rodriguez and his fiancé, recording artist and actor Jennifer Lopez, have retained JPMorgan Chase to raise capital for a possible bid on the New York Mets, people familiar with the matter said. The superstar couple is working with managing director Eric Menell, the bank’s co-head of North American media investment banking, said the people, who were granted anonymity because the matter is private. Menell didn’t respond to several requests seeking comment. Representatives for Rodriguez and Lopez did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Wilpon family, which owns the Mets, said in December they were in talks to sell up to 80% of the Major League Baseball team to hedge fund titan Steve Cohen in a deal that valued the club at $2.6 billion. Under terms of that proposed deal, the Wilpons would’ve maintained control of the franchise for five years. Negotiations fell apart after Cohen sought to amend the terms. The Mets have retained Allen & Co.’s Steve Greenberg to oversee the sale process.

It isn’t uncommon for an athlete, entertainer or celebrity to hold a limited position in a professional sports team. A-Rod’s former teammate, Derek Jeter, for instance, is a part owner of baseball’s Miami Marlins. The team’s managing partner is venture capitalist Bruce Sherman, while Jeter, who owns about 4% of the club, runs business and baseball operations. Jeter contributed about $25 million to the purchase of the team, which was sold for $1.2 billion.

A-Rod and J-Lo, as the recording artist is known, would similarly require deep-pocketed partners in order to pull off the purchase. Their combined net worth is about $700 million.

Unlike with Cohen, no preconditions regarding control of the team will be attached to the sale. Cohen holds an 8% stake in the Mets. The Wilpons assumed control of the franchise in 2002 at a valuation of $391 million. Whoever buys the team will assume annual losses of at least $50 million.

[From Variety]

Wait, so are J-Rod looking to purchase the 80% of the franchise on offer? Or are they just looking for a limited position, like Jeter has with the Marlins, like Serena Williams has a limited ownership stake in the Miami Dolphins, etc. To me, it’s one thing if you’re investing your own fortune in a limited stake in a professional team. That, to me, sounds like a good investment in the long run. But it sounds like J-Rod want to own 80% of the Mets franchise and they’re going to borrow more than $2 billion to get it. And they’re not even married! Think about how messy this would be if they did marry… and divorce. Also: this was totally a plotline on Billions, remember? Only instead of the Mets, it was an NFL franchise.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez step out for a casual afternoon in Miami

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  1. Tiffany says:

    Jen still has part ownership of the Miami Dolphins with her ex Marc Anthony. If she does do this, she will not be stupid and not cover her bases. She knows she is going into her fourth marriage.

  2. TheOriginalMia says:

    I’m legit confused by this. They each have more than enough to purchase a limited stake like Jeter. Why buy a majority stake in the franchise and it’s regularly losing $50M a year. Where’s the upswing to owning the Mets? It’s not like Russ & Ciara buying a stake in the Seattle Sounders. They went in with a bunch of minority owners and purchased the franchise.

  3. sa says:

    The description doesn’t sound to me like they’re seeking a loan, but maybe investment partners, and they’d be the face of it.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      ^^ What you’re saying about this makes sense @sa. I have absolutely no idea about such big time monetary enterprises and investment matters.

      For example, what do Serena and Jeter get out of their percentage ownerships? Are they simply taking a long term gamble of said teams winning major championships down the line and gaining a small return on their investments? Or is it the prestige factor of being associated with such sports franchises? Possibly, both Serena and Jeter have already been in the black with their limited partnerships. And of course, Jeter is involved in day-to-day business operations, which keeps him heavily engaged with the game he’s loved his entire life and made his legendary athletic legacy in.

      Possibly, J-Lo and A-Rod have ideas and dreams of putting something together with limited partners and winning big down the road, particularly since baseball has been A-Rod’s career.

      How is J-Lo’s current part ownership stake in the Dolphins benefiting her portfolio? Would she de-invest in that limited ownership, or is she receiving any worthwhile return on that investment?

  4. lucy2 says:

    Yikes. Given that we might not have sporting events any time soon, and people are going to be financially hurting for a while, this seems very risky.
    I don’t know about him, but she is very smart when it comes to her businesses. I don’t know why she’d risk so much, and not just buy a small stake.