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EXCLUSIVE: Mets Execs Take Chopper To Watch Knicks/Heat Game

Port St. Lucie, Fla. (WFAN/AP) - How did the Mets front office contingent get from Port St. Lucie to Miami for the Knicks-Heat game on Thursday night? First-class transportation, that's how.

WFAN's Ed Coleman took video of Jeff Wilpon, Sandy Alderson, John Ricco and Terry Collins taking a helicopter from one of the practice fields at the Mets spring training complex to see Jeremy Lin and the Knicks face LeBron James and the Heat.

Collins, who has been trying to find his own version of Linsanity, wanted to see the sensation live.

The chopper ride comes at a time when Mets ownership has come under criticism after reducing payroll for the 2012 season some 37% – from about $143 million in 2011 to around $90-91 million for this year.

Sterling Equities Associates, which owns the Mets, have also recently requested that the Supreme Court to get involved in their attempt to recover money from Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Sterling Equities wants justices to reverse a lower court ruling. That ruling approved the way the trustee determined who can get money from a special fund set up for Madoff investors. Under the current ruling, Sterling would not be immediately eligible to participate in the recovery fund.

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