Cubs (officially) putting their WGN broadcast rights up for auction

In a move widely expected for some time, the Cubs excercised a contractual option to end their TV deal with WGN following next season, according to the Chicago Tribune. TV deals are where the big money is these days and while it's not the whole Cubs package (70 games or so) the Cubs will likely be able to get much more money than they did when the Trib negotiated a sweetheart deal with itself to put the games on WGN. Honestly, I'm surprised that they even included this option to renegotiate in the deal. 

It will be interesting to see what happens. My best guess is still that CSN will end up grabbing the balance of the games, given the team's ownership stake in it. At least this probably means we won't have any more of those weird WCIU games anymore. I just hope Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies go to whoever picks up the rights. Also, that the Cubs get more money to spend, and spend it.


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