Skip navigation
Favorites
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

The Wilpon case gets a mediator: Mario Cuomo

Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

New York Mets owner and CEO Fred Wilpon, right, and COO Jeff Wilpon speak to the media during a news conference on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Citi Field in New York. The New York Mets fired manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya on Monday, an expected shake-up of the big-spending ballclub after its second straight losing season. The Mets said a search is under way for a new GM, who will work with the team to hire a new manager. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

AP

The Wilpons and the bankruptcy trustee of the Madoff case are having a daily back and forth in the papers. The judge is probably getting tired of it. Yesterday he did something about it:

A federal judge on Thursday appointed former New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo to try to resolve the $1 billion dispute between the owners of the Mets and the trustee representing victims of Bernard L. Madoff’s financial fraud.

If it makes any difference, Cuomo is a Yankees fan.

Of greater significance is that this is an ordered mediation, not one the parties agreed to. In my experience those sorts of mediations don’t go very well. But my experience also involves way more $250,000 cases than billion dollar cases -- in fact, it involves zero billion dollar cases -- so who knows? My sense is that this move is more aimed at calming the waters right now than anything else and drawing the media’s fire to a much more famous target in Cuomo. Not a bad idea, actually.

Now I’m going to surf around the Internet in an effort to find some baseball news that has nothing to do with the legal system, because that’s way more life-affirming.