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NY Lands Four in Rolling Stone’s ’15 Worst Owners in Sports’ List

James Dolan GIt will come as no surprise to fans of the Knicks, Islanders, Mets or Jets, but the owners of those franchises were all chosen by Rolling Stone as among the “15 Worst Owners in Sports.” Luckily for New Yorkers, none landed the top spot; Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has that on lock.

The Knicks’ James Dolan was ranked as the worst New York owner, at number three. He was even voted the worst owner by ESPN experts. As Rolling Stone notes, the Knicks have been garbage trash since 2000, and “Most of that can be put down to Dolan’s colossal mismanagement.”

Charles Wang was ranked 15, so feel better Islanders fans, he’s the best of the worst! The Wilpons were next at 14, followed by Woody Johnson at 12.

Click through for the entire list. Unless you’re a Knicks, Islanders, Mets or Jets fan. You don’t need to be reminded of your hell.

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Yogi Berra Tips His Cap to Duke Ellington

The gist of Newsday sportswriter Mike Gavin‘s article this weekend is about how current Yankee and Mets players were connected to their “walk-up songs,” e.g. those pop tunes that blare over the PA as a hitter moves from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box.

But this observation from former Yankee Yogi Berra is likely to be the most remembered passage from the write-up:

Berra, 89, found walk-up music to be an odd concept when asked earlier this week. But he said he would have used the jazz classic, “Take the A Train,” by Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

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Mets Farm Team Are Masters of Seinfeld Anniversary Domain

Bravo, Brooklyn Cyclones. Bravo.

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There was no shortage over the weekend of tributes to Seinfeld on the occasion of the beloved NBC sitcom’s 25th anniversary. But none did it with quite the flair as this group Saturday. From a Rolling Stone report:

Players took batting practice in puffy shirts; a guy named George Costanza (who drove down from Rhode Island) did radio commentary; the foul poles were re-named Festivus poles (and the stadium dubbed Vandelay Industries Park); and the Soup Nazi threw out the first pitch.

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Mets Hosts Tech Meetup

Thunder11LogoUpper West Side tech PR firm Thunder 11 has figured out a great way to put across its overall message. Help organize and co-sponsor a panel discussion ahead of an MLB inter-league contest.

What’s more, they were able to cleverly pair the event with a game involving the team that made the term “moneyball” famous. From today’s announcement:

On June 24, the New York Mets, before facing the Oakland A’s at Citi Field, will host a panel discussion featuring some of the city’s most prominent technology companies to discuss how data and digital drives both business and baseball.

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CNN.com Travel Article Resurrects Shea Stadium

As CNN points out at the top with an Editor’s Note, the article “10 of the World’s Most Underrated Cities” was originally published in May 2012 and has been updated two years later for another summer gander.

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On the plus side, Queens leads off the list, and still comes ahead of the hot spot known as Isfahan, Iran. On the minus side, the article text touts Shea Stadium as a great place to catch a Mets game. And that, in turn, has further upped the reader comments total:

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Press Has Field Day with 50 Cent Wild Pitch

The New York Daily News headlined it “Perhaps Worst First Pitch Ever…”

The Guardian deemed it “Spectacularly Bad…”

Deadspin went with “Horrendous…”

And the Washington Times offered up one of the best headline summaries of rapper 50 Cent‘s ceremonial pitch prior to last night’s game between the Mets and Pirates at Citi Field with “WATCH 50 Cent Throw Away His Street Cred.”

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Incoming Mets PR Director Hashtags It #dreamscometrue

For 25 years, through 2013, Harold Kaufman worked as communications head for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, slash, Pelicans. Starting June 23, he will transition from The Big Easy to a more prominent spotlight in the Big Apple.

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Fom today’s press release:

Kaufman will work closely with the Mets media relations group – headed by vice president Jay Horwitz – and the Mets marketing & communications department. Kaufman will report directly to David Newman, senior vice president, marketing & communications.

Kaufman, a native of Dallas, started his sports PR career in 1986 as an intern for the Texas Rangers and then with the media department of the Dallas Mavericks. Th Southern Methodist University grad will be relocating to the NYC area with his wife Lisa; son Alex will start attending the University of Texas this fall, while their other son Stanley graduated just last week from LSU.

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After Five Months of Fat-Joke Headlines, Mets Have Finally Had Enough

It started on the NYC tabloids front from the moment pitcher Bartolo Colon signed with the Mets. As NBC Sports Hardball Talk writer Craig Calcaterra noted, the Post went with “Get a Load of This” [groan] while the News opted for “Fat Citi” [double groan].

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Cut to five months later; in the Mets clubhouse last night, following another week of tabloid barbs (above is Friday’s Post sports page) and last night’s thrilling 4-3 walk-off win against the Marlins, the team decided to do something about it. From a report in the Daily News by Justin Tasch and Kristie Ackert:

Instead of a jubilant clubhouse with loud music and happy players after Friday’s walk-off win, the doors opened to silence, empty, spinning chairs and no Mets.

Apparently angry about an article in the New York Post on Friday about Colon under the headline “LARDBALL,” the players would not talk to the media until Post writer Mike Puma left the clubhouse. Puma was asked to leave and did so without incident. Within a minute, several Mets appeared in the clubhouse. The team would not comment on the incident.

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Matt Harvey Commits Twitter Balk

ShutterstockMrMetMost of us are familiar with the weekly social-media exercise known as “Throwback Thursday.” But in the case of sidelined Mets ace Matt Harvey, it was more like “Blowback Tuesday.”

To mark the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, Harvey earlier today tweeted an October 2013 photo showing him lying in a hospital bed with middle finger raised. The picture quickly disappeared from Twitter as did, soon thereafter, the account from which the photo was tweeted (@MattHarvey33). Per ESPN New York Mets beat writer Adam Rubin, the recovering pitcher decided – at least for now – to get out of the Twitter game after his middle-finger hospital snap generated some controversy:

The Mets confirmed requesting the deletion of the tweet with the photo because it contained a potentially offensive gesture, but the team added that the decision to delete the account belonged to Harvey.

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WOR 710 to be New Flagship Radio Station of the Mets

WOR logo GAttention fans of the New York Metropolitans, we have some news: The team has found a new radio home. Clear Channel and the Mets have struck a deal to make WOR-AM 710 the new radio station for those lovable losers.

The Mets had been searching for a radio deal since WFAN announced it was dropping them for the Yankees next season.

“We look at this investment not only as an opportunity to establish WOR as a destination to a broader audience, but to also to drive further awareness and growth of the Mets through our unique multi-platform capabilities and programming — radio, digital, outdoor and live events,” said John Hogan, chairman and CEO of Clear Channel, in a statement.

The Clear Channel deal is good for five years. The over/under on number of Mets World Series wins during that time is set at two.

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