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Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Cubs' Sale Mixed With Illinois Governor's Corruption Charges
From The Fabulous Forum, the Cubs' sale has been linked with recent corruption charges attached to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Sam Zell, owner of the parent Tribune Co., vowed to sell the team by opening day 2008, but events conspired to prevent that. The Cubs tried to sell Wrigley Field to the state, but that eventually fell through. That's when things got really creepy:
Blagojevich and [chief of staff John] Harris also allegedly conspired to demand the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members responsible for editorials critical of Blagojevich in exchange for state help with the sale of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium owned by Tribune Co.