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Wilpons face uphill battle to hold Mets

Buried in losses on and off the field, family must clear many hurdles to retain control

Updated: January 27, 2012, 2:34 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

Inside U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff's courtroom in lower Manhattan during the two weeks leading up to Opening Day, a jury may determine whether the Wilpon family retains ownership of the New York Mets.

Trustee Irving Picard -- the man charged with recovering funds to distribute to victims of swindler Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme -- originally sued principal owner Fred Wilpon, his son, Jeff, the team's chief operating officer, and the family's businesses and charities ...

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