The Tribune Company announced that it has agreed to be sold to real estate billionare Sam Zell. The baseball angle, as reported by the New York Times is "the company announced that it will sell the Chicago Cubs after this season."
As a White Sox fan, I have mixed feelings about the Tribune Company's ownership of the Cubs coming to a close. On one hand, the Tribune made the Cubs and Wrigley Field the most popular team in town in the 1980s, vaulting past the Sox in attendance and ratings once Harry Caray bolted and the marketing operation pumped up the anemic Wrigley crowds. On the other hand, the company continued the Cubs' losing ways. Should an aggressive, intelligent owner come forth, the Cubs could become a winning organization.
Or the bumbling could continue into the next century. They are, after all, Cubs.