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Cubs sold to Ricketts, finally!

The Sam Zell era is over. It was horrible, but not. You see, short term thinking kills franchises. Franchises of any sport are built with steady hands thinking long term. For every 1997 Florida Marlins World Series title (purchased and disassembled within 2 years), are dozens of franchises with lost...


MLB Approves Cubs Sale

The next to last hurdle in the Cubs sale process has just been cleared. The MLB Owners unanimously approved the sale of the Cubs to the Ricketts family. Linky Link Since I think Sam Zell has been an atrocious owner (worse than the other TribCo suits that preceded him), I'm...


'Dem Cubbies - Dey're done

Stick a fork in 'em. The math is in, and the Cubs are out. Yet another season (#101) comes to an end without a World Series title, and even though it's been a mathematical improbability for about a month, tonight's Rockies win makes it impossible for the Cubs to reach...


TribCo Files for bankruptcy - Cubs supposedly uneffected

In news that should not have surprised anyone, the Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy today. The filing, a chapter 11 variety, keeps TribCo in business and means that operational changes will be minimal. The goal of the bankruptcy declaration is to force creditors to negotiate with the company and accept...


Economy slams Cubs sale process

A year ago, when Sam Zell announced the Cubs would be sold, a veritable pool of piranhas lined up to devour the team. But, after a tumultuous second half of the year, the economic environment looks bleak for investors who planned to use debt in their pursuit of the Chicago...


Hank Aaron, Cubs owner?

While I was in Brazil, prospective bidders for the Cubs submitted their bids for the franchise, the ballpark, and a portion of Comcast Sports Net. It's been widely reported that there were 10 groups that submitted bids, and the Cubs have now whittled that down to 6 (or 3) groups...


Analyzing the Rich Harden Trade

I've had some time to digest the Rich Harden deal, and I think you can prematurely put this one in the win column for both teams. Cop out? you bet. Here's why. The Cubs are focused short term, the A's are focused longer term. One of the unfortunate by-products of...


Cubs send out Financial Books to Prospective Owners

From my office window, I can look down 28 stories and across the Chicago River to see the private deck just outside of Sam Zell's office. I rarely see anyone on the deck, and used to think it would be a great place to eat lunch in the midday sunshine....


Andrew Zimbalist agrees with me

I've had a little unreasonable hero worship of Andrew Zimbalist, the sports economics professor, since I saw some of his work while writing an International Baccalaureate Extended Essay as a senior in high-school. Today, the deified professor was interviewed by Stephen Grocer of the Wall Street Journal blog, "Deal Journal"....


Sam Zell: Tribune to retain a minority stake in the Cubs

From an article in today's Tribune, by Phil Rosenthal: Denver is where Zell said nine potential buyers, preapproved by Major League Baseball, are awaiting release of the team's financial data, which should be sent out soon. He also revealed that Tribune Co. won't completely let loose of the team, carried...


Caveat Emptor: Illinois Taxpayers

State, ISFA, Governor, Sam Zell trying one last time to steal from taxpayers. There's been a lot of news on the Cubs sale front of late. The rumblings from many sources is that the 'books' will be sent out to the six prospective ownership groups in a week or two....


TribCo Revenue Grab: Ryne Sandberg to manage at Wrigley

Deep in the Bowels of the Tribune Company, Sam Zell and a handful of Tribune Company executives are seated around a conference room table. Sam Zell: We took out too much debt to buy this blasted company. Everybody needs to come up with a way to make more money, pronto!...


All Star Voting - My Favorite Player Edition

Way back in the day, I used to publish my all-star votes periodically as a way to discuss the rest of the league. Now that all-star voting is available again this year, I think I'll do so again. Position American League National League First Base Morneau, J., MIN Lee, D.,...


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