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Does he plan to be a hands-on owner?

“Look, I have enough stress in my real job. I don’t need to worry about that. I’m just a fan,” Mr. Maher said with a chuckle. “I think my role is to bring luck to the team, like I did this weekend. I mean, let’s be honest: They did not have a no-hitter for 50 years, I buy in and I come to town, and there’s a no-hitter. Draw your own conclusions.”

Mr. Maher said he has early memories of New York being granted a National League expansion franchise and the team’s first season in 1962. He said he vividly remembers the Miracle Mets championship of 1969, and watching Game 6 of the 1986 World Series at the Improv in Los Angeles with fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld and others.

Asked if he will try to persuade Mr. Seinfeld, a longtime Mets fan, to buy a share as well, Mr. Maher said: “Why he didn’t, I have no idea. He’s sure got more money than I do.”

Mr. Maher hosts an HBO talk show called “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

AP sports writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.