Written by Maury Brown
Monday, 04 August 2008 10:11
The sale of the Cubs has been given a bit more press as of late, in large part because of the presence Mark Cuban currently has on the deal.
Today, I provide a guest article on The Baseball Analysts (The Cubs, MLB, and a Cuban Missile Crisis), and have been recently sourced for articles on The Washington Times, and Crain's Chicago Business regarding Cuban's bid and MLB's internal politics.
Here's what others in the sports industry are saying.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times covers the Cuban angle (Cuban Wants Cubs, but Will Baseball Want Him?). Here’s some quotes:
- MLB COO Bob DuPuy: “He’s been outspoken on issues, but we’ve had owners who are outspoken as well,” he said. With his tongue lodged somewhere in his cheek, he said, “I’ve not heard of him referred to as a loudmouth.”
- Red Sox owner John Henry: “The commissioner’s office abhors owners who speak their minds and fight for the rights of their respective franchises.” He added that he could think “of no one better suited to reverse the fortunes of the Cubs for the long term” than Cuban.
- NBA Commissioner David Stern: “He lives in the here and the now,” Stern said. “In every issue we have to deal with, he freely expresses his views to me, some of which I’m happier to hear than others, but all are welcome.” He added, “He would be an effective owner in most businesses.”
- Jerry Colangelo: “Basketball is a little more cutting edge, and baseball has been stodgier,” he said. “Some people say it’s difficult to see him as a baseball owner, but times change, circumstances change and he’s done an incredible job in basketball.”
As mentioned, my guest article covers what might be MLB’s biggest fear: That Cuban would be brilliant. How would that sit with Jerry Reinsdorf?