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Old Jan 22nd 2008, 2:42 pm
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Forget The Sale In '08 .

Oh yea: does this kill Cuban's interest ? Is that part of the plan ?:

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Tribune to Own Cubs in '08
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Remember how Sam Zell, the new owner of the Tribune Co. said that he wanted to sell the Chicago Cubs before the beginning of the ’08 season? As mentioned then, the odds were always long that that would be the case, given how Zell mentioned that he was considering selling Wrigley Field separate from the Cubs. Now “considering” seems to be out of the picture for Zell. As reported by The AP:

Crane Kenney told attendees of the team's annual fan convention that new Tribune owner Sam Zell wants 94-year-old Wrigley in the hands of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority -- the same state agency that funded stadiums for the Bears and White Sox -- before he accepts bids for the Cubs.

Kenney said such a move is designed to "bind" the team's next owner to keeping the Cubs playing at Wrigley -- which also would receive maintenance and improvement funds.

"We'd like to find a new owner to play at Clark and Addison (streets) for the foreseeable future," Kenney said [Excuse me Mr Kenney. Mr. Cuban would like to talk to Mr. Zell if he could]. Selling the team to the stadium authority "would put aside a substantial amount of money" for necessary changes at Wrigley.

Well, at least that’s what Zell is saying.

While there has not been anything publicly said, one speculates as to whether the sale of Wrigley has more to do with Zell’s self interest in paying down debt, and getting some capital in the bank to allow him to more easily deal with payments for the Tribune Co. The notion that new ownership has any desire of moving out of Wrigley seems remote, at best, as it has not fully been utilized to the extent that it could, to maximize its revenue potential.

In fact, the decoupling of Wrigley from the Cubs will most certainly impact the sale price of the team, and likely influence those interested in making the purchase....................[more]... "

Sounds like Grade A Deluxe bovine scatology to me! Plenty deep too.


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Old Jan 22nd 2008, 9:38 pm
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I was hoping this distraction would have NOT been an issue this year! I didn't hope hard enough, I guess!
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I would like to put a positive spin on this news. For everyone, including myself, would like to see Mark Cuban as the owner. The only problem is that Selig and the "good ole' boys network" probably do not see things the same way.

How about if Cuban purchased the property at Addison and Sheffield as a separate entity? He then could outbid everyone else for ownership of the team. It might help his chances of owning the team.
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This Zell guy is a real ahole. Hes holding up the city and state and breaking up the stadium and the Club. This is one greedy sob. Like Gorden Geco in Wallstreet.
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unfortunitly hes doing what is financially best for him. It makes me sick. That being said, the Cubs wont leave Wrigley. Who ever buys the stadium will make sure of that.
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This Zell guy is a real ahole. Hes holding up the city and state and breaking up the stadium and the Club. This is one greedy sob. Like Gorden Geco in Wallstreet.
He's sure trying his absolute best to do that. I hate this guy, hes a ass clown with money.
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I LOVE the "Wall Street" reference, it applies to this all too well. Its funny, thats one of the next movies I'm renting from netflix.
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This Zell guy is a real ahole. Hes holding up the city and state and breaking up the stadium and the Club. This is one greedy sob. Like Gorden Geco in Wallstreet.
You are soooo right. The day he took over ownership, it was as if his "to do" list looked like this....

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1. Find the one thing that will upset these Cub fans the most.... (it will bring lots of publicity my way)
* Sell Wrigley separate from Cubs
* Sell Naming rights to Wrigley Field
* Talk to the state about buying the property separate.... think of the money

2. Remind Zambrano that there is a new "Big Z" in town

3. Fire half of the current staff (at the tribune company)

4. Make sure that everyone in Chicago thinks I am the most powerful man in the City! I want them to fear me!

5. Do anything and everything to become the biggest ahole in the state!
Sorry, but I have not liked the guy since the comment he made last summer about there only being room for "one big Z in this city"....
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Sorry, but I have not liked the guy since the comment he made last summer about there only being room for "one big Z in this city"....
That was maybe the dumbest thing he could have said. I hope the worst for Zell.
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