The Chicago Tribune reports the Chicago Cubs have given the Tribune Company, and in effect, CW affiliate WGN 30 days to agree to paying higher fees for the 2015 season and beyond or see broadcast rights for the team be opened up for other media outlets to bid on.
The big deal here? The Tribune owned station has broadcast the Cubs since 1948. In 1981, Tribune bought the team from the Wrigley family before selling it to the Ricketts family in 2009.
“It would be a tremendous loss because WGN and the Cubs have been synonymous forever. In the embryonic days of television, we were there,” Jack Rosenberg, longtime sports editor for WGN told The Chicago Sun-Times. “We were with the Cubs in the beginning stages of radio much, much earlier. It’s been a tremendous partnership, a family deal of sorts. Let’s hope that there could be some meeting of the minds before this is all hashed out.’’ Read more