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The Man of Steal
February 16, 2009
According to the list of account holders (and investor responses), Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme netted a fair share of sports figures
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February 16, 2009

The Man Of Steal

According to the list of account holders (and investor responses), Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme netted a fair share of sports figures

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Fred Wilpon, Mets owner
Wilpon, a childhood friend of Madoff's, has losses estimated at up to $300 million through his real estate company, Sterling Equities. Said Wilpon of regaining some of his investments, "We'd like to have hope."

Jeff Wilpon, Mets COO, Fred's son
One of at least 20 Wilpon family members who held accounts with Madoff through Sterling Equities, Jeff says the losses will "not at all" affect the Mets' operating budget.

Tim Teufel, manager of Class A St. Lucie Mets; former MLB infielder
He hit .254 in 11 big league seasons, during which he earned upwards of $4 million total. A more regrettable figure is four, the number of accounts Teufel held with Madoff.

Sandy Koufax, former Dodgers pitcher
The three-time Cy Young Award winner's investment losses are unknown. He and Fred Wilpon attended Brooklyn's Lafayette High together in the 1950s.

Norman Braman, former Eagles owner
The self-made billionaire was listed as the 281st richest American by Forbes (net worth: $1.7 billion). He told CBS News he invested a "considerable amount" with Madoff, adding, "I want to see him pay for [what] he has done."

Bob Nystrom, former Islander
A four-time Stanley Cup winner who was nicknamed Mr. Islander, Nystrom had three accounts listed with Madoff.

International Olympic Committee
The IOC's financial commission chairman, Richard Carrion, confirmed to the Associated Press that the committee is at risk of losing up to $4.8 million (about 1% of its portfolio) from money "in funds invested in Madoff funds."

Ray Floyd, PGA Senior Tour golfer
The four-time major champ's two accounts with Madoff wouldn't be his first financial bogey: In 2006 he was one of 250 investors to lose a total of $213 million in a Ponzi scheme by KL Financial Group in Florida.

Ozzie and Dan Silna, ex-owners of ABA's Spirits of St. Louis
One or both were linked to at least seven Madoff accounts. Still connected to hoops through a deal made at the ABA-NBA merger, the Silnas get a portion of NBA TV revenue, now $17 million a year through 2015--16.

John Y. Brown Jr., ex-owner of ABA's Kentucky Colonels and NBA's Celtics
Said he entrusted more than $100,000 to Madoff but withdrew it 10 years ago. "My first and last experience with the stock market," he said to Louisville's Courier-Journal. "I got lucky."

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