Judge orders Mets to pay $83M in Madoff case

Mets owner Fred Wilpon and Mets co-owner Saul

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Mets owner Fred Wilpon and Mets co-owner Saul Katz during spring training at Port St. Lucie. (Feb. 27, 2012) (Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

A judge Monday ordered the New York Mets' owners to pay up to $83 million to the trustee in the Bernard Madoff case and gave the go-ahead for a jury trial on claims that could cost them $300 million more.

Manhattan Federal Court Judge Jed Rakoff's ruling that Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz must give up their profits from Madoff's Ponzi scheme would tighten the financial squeeze on the team's owners....

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