Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 3/19/12
All throughout their financial siege, the Wilpon family vowed to never sell the Mets, even as it seemed bankruptcy hovered over them like an anvil. The team's debts were staggering, attendance was falling and if that wasn't enough, the clawback lawsuit initiated by Irving Picard, the trustee recovering funds from the Madoff Ponzi scheme, was the final step into the inferno. Only, it wasn't. Incredibly, the Wilpons have survived these incredible odds, settling with Picard on the very morning the trial was supposed to begin in Manhattan. Instead of the $386 million they could've been forced to pay if found guilty of willful negligence to the scheme, the brokered deal could let the Wilpons off the hook for as little as $71 million -- and that's not even due until 2015. What does it all mean to the future of the team itself? For Mets' fans hoping/praying for regime change, forget it -- the Wilpons aren't going anywhere. The terms of the settlement are lenient enough to give ownership ...
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