CHICAGO (AP) - Add Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to the list
of potential Chicago Cubs buyers.
In an e-mail to The Associated Press, the Internet billionaire
says "I submitted an app."
Interested parties must submit an application to Major League
Baseball to examine the team's finances. Cuban tells the Chicago
Tribune he sent in the application last week, although he wasn't
sure of the date.
Tribune Company owns the team. It announced in April it was
selling itself for eight-point-two (m) million dollars to Sam Zell.
The Chicago real estate mogul made the deal contingent on shedding
non-core assets. That means the National League club will go on the
auction block at the end of the season.
Several potential deep-pocketed bidders are expected to vie for
the Cubs and possibly for Wrigley Field, including Cuban and
Chicago native Jerry Colangelo, the Phoenix Suns C-E-O who once ran
the Arizona Diamondbacks.