This is why they are the Mets. Their ownership group gets stung by a Ponzi scheme, loses millions of dollars and was on the verge, with an unfavorable court ruling, of possibly losing the franchise.
So, what does it do? It aligns itself with Amway, a direct seller who has been sued for being a pyramid scheme.
This is as odd a choice as the Mets could have made for a business partner. Seriously, doesn’t anybody in the organization have a filter that could have caught this?
“Excuse me, Mr. Wilpon, but we should think twice about this,’’ somebody should have said.
So, on the side of Citi Field there is a sign promoting Amway, a corporation which settled a class action lawsuit for millions after being accused of operating a pyramid scheme.
Nobody saw the connection?
So now, The Amway Business Center is operational on the 126th Street side of Citi Field. If you’re Amway, couldn’t you have chosen a better location, one with traffic more than 81 times a year? How many hundreds of locations in Manhattan alone would have been more visible?
I guess they got a good break on the rent.
Other than the constant reminder of one of the darkest periods in club history, there’s more to dislike this arrangement.
Do you want your dwindling fan base exposed to potential salesmen recruiting them to sell diet pills? Do you want to make this like many streets and avenues in Manhattan with people handing out fliers for computers, strip joins and fur coats? What’s next, renting space on the sidewalks around Citi Field for vendors to sell knock-off watches and purses?
They would have been better off leasing space to the chop shops across the street.
Now, if only it would work that instead of finding five people to sell laundry detergent they bring in five new people to buy Mets tickets. Now, then they would be on to something.
NOTE: I’ll be back later with more.