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Posted: Wednesday February 8, 2012 5:34PM ; Updated: Wednesday February 8, 2012 5:34PM

New York City mayor Bloomberg won't buy Mets

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NEW YORK (AP) -- As a billionaire, Mayor Michael Bloomberg could afford to buy the Mets. But that's one job that he's not looking to step into after he leaves City Hall.

The mayor was asked by a reporter on Wednesday if he'd be interested in buying the team.

Bloomberg said he enjoys attending Mets games, but he can't figure out "why anybody wants to own a sports team." He said he already faces tough scrutiny from the press without owning a team.

The Mets have been in financial turmoil following three seasons of losing records at Citi Field and a lawsuit filed by the trustee seeking to recover money for victims of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. A trial is scheduled for next month; the trustee is seeking $386 million.

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