If the report in this morning’s Chicago Sun-Times is true, Mark Cuban won’t be buying the Chicago Cubs. Won’t be allowed to, in fact.
Says the story:
“'There's no way Bud (Selig) and the owners are going to let that happen,”' a Major League Baseball source said this week. “'Zero chance.”
At one time, not that long ago, actually, there was “zero chance” of a black becoming President of the United States. So never say never.
Cuban was believed to be the highest bidder ($1.3 billion) among the five finalists, but current Cubs owner Sam Zell has yet to shorten the field. The process has begun to drag: The storied franchise was on the market at the start of the 2007 baseball season and a source told the Sun-Times that a deal before Opening Day 2009 is unlikely.
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Cuban recently told me the Mavs only consume 20 percent of his time. Fine, let’s keep it that way. Maybe buying the Cubs wouldn’t hurt the Mavs, but no way I could see how the transaction was going to help either.
If Cuban is intent on jumping into baseball, maybe he sets his sights a little lower – okay, a lot lower – on the rag-a-muffin outfit west of here. Seems there are 324 signatures on a petition to oust Tom Hicks, though some of them appear to be echoes down a dry well.