Moody's cuts outlook on Mets' ballpark operator

BY foxsports • February 10, 2011

Moody's Investors Service says it has lowered its outlook on the company that operates the ballpark used by the New York Mets, citing the potential for pending litigation against the owner of the baseball team.

The ratings firm said Thursday it cut the outlook on Queens Ballpark Co. LLC to "Negative," but maintained its "Ba1" rating on the company's bonds.

Moody's says the move reflects the potential that pending litigation against the owner of the Mets, Sterling Mets LP, could hurt attendance at the ballpark.

The trustee appointed to recover funds for investors burned by Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme has sued the owners of the Mets claiming they reaped $300 million in false profits from the scheme and used a large chunk of that to run the team.

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