Trump passed on buying Pats in 1988 (as if he had a chance)

Getty Images

There’s a new politician with a five-letter name who provokes plenty of four-letter words. More than a generation ago, he nearly made himself the potential target of plenty of four-letter words with a little Southie flair.

Via Boston.com, the Boston Globe reported in 1988 that Donald Trump passed on buying the Patriots because his financial advisors told him that the team had too much debt. And so Victor Kiam bought the franchise for $85 million, six years before the Krafts acquired the Patriots.

It’s an intriguing story given Trump’s notoriety and nascent presidential campaign, short-lived as it ultimately may be (I’m surely not the only one who hopes he makes it to at least one debate during the primaries). But let’s be realistic about Trump’s chances to acquire the Patriots in 1988.

It was only two years after Trump spearheaded the USFL’s antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. With others willing and able to buy the Patriots, the chances of Trump getting at least 21 of the then-28 owners to approve the acquisition would have been even longer than his current chances of turning 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue into the Trump House.

38 responses to “Trump passed on buying Pats in 1988 (as if he had a chance)

  1. I can’t figure out what makes the average person pay any attention to this man. He has never given a dam on real social issues or concern on making New York , his home town a better place to live. He only caters to people that can fill his pockets and to blow his own horn. And heaven forbid that you say anything against him. He loves to sues, and don’t mention his numerous bankruptcies and laying off a tremendous amount of people so he could please his stockholders. Again can’t understand why the public pleases endearments on this man

  2. Lets see how many times Florio can find a way to slam Trump by tying it to a football related story.

  3. So Robert Kraft outsmarted him. He bought the land around the stadium and then bought the stadium, boxing out other would be owners. Six Super Bowls and four Super Bowl championships later, New England and the Patriots are for the better. I may be upset that Kraft laid down for Goodell by not fighting those ridiculous penalties and letting down Tom Brady, but he is a class act.

  4. Trump is a different kind of American hero.

    #MakeAmericaGreatAgain
    #Trump2016

  5. whitetrash69 says:
    Jul 20, 2015 5:42 AM
    The insane irony is Trump would have made them a classier organization than the current owner. Its sad but true.


    Maybe Kraft should have encouraged rampant and systemic cheating in the organization with illegal performance enhancing drugs and looked the other way like a certain other owner of a certain other team that has 0 playoff wins and a whooping by Tebow since Dr Rydze was charged. 🙂

    It’s true. Steve Courson’s book will tell you all about it 🙂

  6. I had so many funny things to say about this but I haven’t been able to stop laughing about Trump becoming the face of the Republican party long enough to type anything.

  7. Read Spygate: the untold story. Its an eye-opener to the institutional level cheating in the Pats organization, its truly a culture of cheating….

  8. nicofthenorthstar says:
    Jul 20, 2015 12:57 AM
    Trying to figure out what the GOP machine has up its sleeve letting this clown be the temporary face of the party.
    _________________

    Number one amongst republican voters…Says a lot about republicans.

  9. afwhigs says:
    Jul 20, 2015 7:10 AM
    Trump is a windbag and a buffoon

    So you’re saying he’d fit right in with brady’s brats?

  10. I actually feel dumber for having read comments from people here who really support Trump and aren’t joking about it. It boggles the mind that you people exist but I knew you had to be out there somewhere considering he’s leading the GOP field. As someone mentioned earlier that fact speaks volumes about the GOP in general.

  11. I’m voting for whoever runs against Hilary. Just saying. Don’t wanna see this country go down the tubes the rest of the way .

  12. Trump and the GOP, a marriage made somewhere other than heaven. They deserve each other.

    Trump and Limbaugh for GOP 2016.

  13. 49ers Super Bowl record 5-1
    Pittsburgh Steelers super bowl record: 6-2
    Dallas Cowboy super bowl record: 5-3
    New York Giant super bowl record 4-1
    Baltimore Ravens super bowl record 2-0
    Washington Redskin super bowl record: 3-2
    Baltimore/Indiapolis Colts super bowl record:2-2
    Green Bay Packers super bowl record: 4-1
    Denver Broncos super bowl record 2-5
    Seattle Seahawks super bowl record 1-1

    Patriots Super Bowl Record: 4-4 & they were one play away from being 3-5 in the super bowl. If Trump had bought the team they would not have 4 championships. Patriot fans be thankful you have Robert Kraft as your owner. The last 26 years would have been drastically different with the combover running things.

  14. As a very rich guy myself, we need someone in office who understands our problems and will represent us.

    I’m hoping for Trump or Romney in 2016.

    Lower taxes for the rich!

  15. “I’m voting for whoever runs against Hilary. Just saying. Don’t wanna see this country go down the tubes the rest of the way .”

    Hikary, Trump, there’s little difference actually. Every presidential candidate of both parties and every member of congress of both parties is utterly and totally corrupt. The system is far beyond broken

  16. It’s interesting to me that this is meant to be a sports website and yet every chance they get they try and destroy republicans. I don’t identify as republican but there seems to be more harsh talk from the left towards republicans than actual enemies of America…. The irony being that Romney was doomed for his 47% remark and yet this site and extreme left sites demonize the other 47%. I’m all for calling out crap when I see it and Trump is definitely crap but let’s at least call it both ways.

  17. kurtrose says:
    Jul 20, 2015 7:45 AM
    I’m voting for whoever runs against Hilary. Just saying. Don’t wanna see this country go down the tubes the rest of the way .

    Sorry to have to be the one to break it to you buckaroo but Hillary is our next president. She’s not my favorite by any means but she’s the lesser of the evils by far. Another little secret I’m going to let you in on is that our country has actually done remarkably well in the last six years as compared to the previous eight by any objective measure.

  18. The GOP establishment wants nothing to do with Trump. And for those who say it shows GOP voters in a bad light that they currently favor Trump, then what does it say about Dems that self proclaimed Socialist Bernie Sanders is almost caught up with Hillary in the polls?

  19. randomcommenter says:
    Jul 20, 2015 10:09 AM

    The GOP establishment wants nothing to do with Trump. And for those who say it shows GOP voters in a bad light that they currently favor Trump, then what does it say about Dems that self proclaimed Socialist Bernie Sanders is almost caught up with Hillary in the polls?

    Actually you’re 100% incorrect. He hasn’t almost caught up with Hillary in any poll. He has gained a small amount of ground on her since announcing his candidacy and gaining more name recognition but that’s to be expected considering he was virtually unknown up to that point. If you insist on sticking with your false statement then please list just one poll where he has almost caught up with her. I’ll save you some time though and tell you that poll doesn’t exist.

  20. The debt the Patriots incurred came from the foolish idea to promote a Michael Jackson Tour with Don King. King fleeced the Sullivans (Pats original owner) and forced them to sell the team. It was the best thing to happen to the franchise. Kiam bought the team, lost money through poor management, sold to Orthwein, a member of the Busch Family. First thing he did was hire Parcells and the beginning of a tradition of winning started.He wanted to move the team to St. Louis but the league would not let him take the team out of on of the largest TV markets so they made a deal. St. Louis would get the next carpetbagging team and Kraft who owned the stadium and loved the team got the Pats. Any person who berates Kraft and refuses to recognize his generosity to charity and business ability knows nothing but name calling and misery from their own nothing existence.

  21. As an independent that leans left, I sincerely hope Trump continues to lead the pack. The campaign season would be even more nauseating than normal (is that possible?) should he win the GOP nomination. However, it would ensure another Dem victory, which would be far preferable to anything the right has to offer for the executive branch.
    Maybe dust off Michelle Bachman for a truly frightening, but ultimately doomed ticket.

    GO TRUMP!!!

    Oh, and… SPORTS! (I almost forgot.)

  22. At this point, I’d love to see a guy like Trump be president. Whether its climate, China, Putin, oil, debt or inflation: we’re already basically headed straight down the toilet. Trump would at least be a lot fun while the ship sinks.

  23. That’s President Trump to You! Ha ha. I don’t care who is president but please get rid of these politicians and get somebody in there with some business acumen.

  24. floratiotime says:
    Jul 20, 2015 5:07 AM
    He is kind of Patriots material though. He’d have fit right in.
    ________________________

    I agree with you, he’s a winner, just like the Pats.

  25. We say what Trump did to the USFL…you can bet he would have ran the Pats (or any other NFL team) into the ground.

  26. Trump = success.

    Most on this site who hate Trump probably work for others, are jealous since they never have risked anything financially, have no pot to pi55 in,…………go back to your cubicles

    smoke break is over.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.