Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Mark Cuban: Owning & Bleeding Cubbie Blue?

Baseball might have a new member of the small fraternity of owners – Mark Cuban

Although Cuban is widely known as being the larger-than-life, loud and opinionate owner of the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA, he wants to bleed Cubbie Blue and make his mark known in baseball.

From the AP: “Everybody thinks I'm going to be on the sidelines, in the dugout, jumping up and down. That's not where I'll be," he said on the Mike North Morning Show on radio station WSCR.

"When I went to the Cubs game a couple weeks ago, I sat in the bleachers, and I'll have a seat marked out for me and my friends. We'll be out in the right-field bleachers -- that's the best place to watch a game."

Tribune Co. announced six months ago that it would sell the club after the season in connection with an $8.2 billion buyout of the media conglomerate led by real estate magnate Sam Zell. But the process has moved slowly and many don't expect a sale to be completed until well into 2008.

Cuban said he hasn't made a final decision on whether to bid for the team. But once Tribune provides full details about the assets for sale, presumably including Wrigley, he expects to be in.

Well, I expect him to have an uphill climb in order to live out this dream. From what I know, baseball likes to have owners who live in their team’s vicinity and Cuban’s flamboyant nature may irk some of the fellow owners.

Only time will tell, but I don’t see it happening.

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