Thursday, June 18, 2009

CNBC and Reuters Doing He Said, She Said on Cubs Sale

CNBC is reporting that the Cubs sale has hit a snag. I'll give you a moment to regain your composure after hearing something that undoubtedly shocked you to your very core.

Everyone OK? Ready to move on to some blind sources' speculations? Awesome.

"Sources confirmed to CNBC that Ricketts received a letter from Tribune Company about the matter a few weeks ago.

The letter stated that unless the remaining matters were agreed to within a specific time frame, Ricketts could risk losing the deal or Tribune could begin talks with other interested parties."

Of course, CNBC also says that the agreed-upon price was $950 million, so its hard to tell if its a typo, or if whoever filed the story actually knows what is going on. But, its CNBC, so they must be on to something, right?

Reuters says, no, their sources (some of whom allow their names to be known) say that everything is fine and they expect the deal to be done in a couple of weeks.

"'The [CNBC] report is untrue and the negotiations have been moving along very positively,' Dennis Culloton, spokesman for the Ricketts family said."

So who knows who to believe, or where the hell this deal or non-deal stands. I'm becoming increasingly convinced that Ricketts will not own the team anytime soon, if at all. Having this dragged out and f---ing up any chance Hendry has of fixing this roster mid-season would be so Cub-like in its ridiculous, amateurish, and self-destructive aspects that I don't know why I ever expected anything else besides the clusterf--- going on right now.

This team can do almost nothing right at the moment, so I fully expect the pitching to go into the shitter very soon. I think Ted Lilly's will power is the only thing that has prevented it from happening already. Maybe we should send Ted over to Zell's house to help him find a more flexible negotiating position.


Guest said...

What are you doing up at 2 AM?? You should check out a new doc on DVD called Inning by Inning. It's very well done.

Post a Comment

The easiest way to comment is to choose the Name/URL option from the Comment As dropdown menu below. You do not need to put in a URL for this option to work.

Sometimes upon submitting the comment, you will get an error saying there is a problem. Submit the comment again and it should work. I am looking into correcting this glitch.