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Well after two years -- behind the scenes bargaining -- a lot of guessing on our parts we now know who will own one of the most iconic franchises.
In American history the Chicago Cubs.
The rickets family of Chicago led by Tom -- have successfully negotiated the purchase of the cubs for somewhere around 900 million dollars from Sam Zell in the Tribune.
Corporation and now joining us on scoreboard is the man himself Tom Rick it's Tom congratulations.
-- -- You got some personal connections to I understand that you met your wife in the bleachers.
And that's a true story we we often sat out in the bleachers for for -- -- game's -- We're -- -- center field -- just for sitting next to each other and and here we are that is the that is a great if you're -- in love with baseball's I -- -- I'm sure you wore it to combine to loves is -- Is a thing of joy that sets that match made in -- tell us how the lead the negotiations.
Took part how did they actually -- -- I want -- -- -- there was a handful of deadlines throughout the negotiating process.
The Tribune did a very thorough job -- vetting the potential bidders.
And the hat and a very fair job having the -- put in there around their respective bids at various points in the process.
And then last January the the last three bidders went through and and we had.
At the time that to the amateur was the most compelling bit and then we spent the last six or seven months negotiating.
The final terms of what was a pretty complicated deal so I'm.
So that we wrapped up in August -- -- have just been finishing up that the details up through this week.
Now did you deal directly with Sam Zeller was there with a group of people -- who.
Not directly with Sam Iowa and talk to him for a little bit of time.
Just once during the process.
He had -- he had some of his people working on it and we dealt directly with them.
-- did you get the feeling it was him -- I'm trying to think of what it was like I'm thinking about coop board or something like that were you.
It wasn't just about money is my question was where there are other things involved and who they decided on as well.
I didn't get much inside and -- never really asked to them what kind of decision process they went through.
-- that's a better that's a -- question for the Tribune but down.
I think in the -- we just had a very -- compelling offer we had good support from our financial institutions.
And and and the family is.
Got a good reputation so I think that we would have been made made the -- comfortable with us well and their fans are just ecstatic because they say -- I went through and and read some of the letters.
On the blogs some of the -- blogs and they are they love the fact that.
Somebody who loves the cubs as much as you do.
We even met his future wife say that a cubs game is who's going to be the owner that you must still be getting a lot of comments from fans themselves.
Yeah that that's really been great David -- the it was a long process and -- very tedious process -- points ahead and aggravating and frustrating.
But we had so much fan support has so many emails so many letters people send me some really nice -- so many.
Agassi it was terrific and and we just wanna pay that back everyone mind my siblings and -- are are are big big fans with deep Chicago roots.
You know -- we just -- and we want to pay back all that's important.
Bring in and bringing the championship for -- for the best fans in baseball.
All right now if you want to pay him back they do have some suggestions by the way and I went through some of the suggestions in these blogs.
One of them says he -- great job now all we have to do is get another field.
Is there another field in the future for the.
Now -- I suppose we can't make all people happy.
Where we have no intention of getting another field Wrigley Field.
And we did a lot of work on it in the due diligence process.
It needs it needs some work on the you know in terms.
That the accommodations.
And and the other.
And a day of game features for fans but stadium itself is pretty solid we intend to preserve it we intend to improve it.
And it's our goal as a family to have that state that stadium there for the next generation -- cub fans.
All right well if it is your stadium in your name is rickets and here's another this is from the blog I swear it is it.
Does this mean that Wrigley Field will finally have the appropriate name rickety field.
Well like I said he had.
The I think it's in pretty good shape -- that to be considered -- look -- reveal a lot for the stadium I think people will be.
Very very happy with what they see a few years down the line.
How -- looks and feels and that and -- -- how it -- for -- what about naming rights.
-- -- we were not any discussions -- not discussing naming rights when I was thinking about naming -- Now there is also some concern that you may not have money left over after the purchase of the team in order to buy some good players do you have any plans -- -- gonna.
In a cool little little until April.
Well I -- the from a payroll standpoint.
We anticipate payroll going up somewhat for for next season.
That I'll be in the hands out of the general manager Jim Hendry to decide how -- how to how to allocate those dollars.
-- there's not staying.
In the transaction or any.
No -- should be concerned that there's any pressure on that payroll.
Then you know I mean because payroll was was pretty high say it's not like.
They're there we're not out there spending.
Money for to put the best team on the field.
That's true that's true but I'm just wondering having of course -- it here in New York we saw the presence of the side -- Dramatic -- particularly when George Steinbrenner was actively involved in picking up players.
Are you gonna be an active owners sort of on the Steinbrenner model or -- -- back a little more well I.
I don't think -- that an active owner in the Steinbrenner model is the way we we see ourselves or the way I see myself.
But then again laid back may not be the described it correct description either.
I think the key is that what you're gonna see from our family is myself and my siblings are going to be at the games.
We're gonna we're going to be around we're gonna be be active fans and and actively working and listening to working with the listening to fans.
From -- all the field standpoint.
I think the key is you go out you find people that you think you're gonna make the right decisions and then you support him and then you hold them accountable.
I don't think you'll see any kind of ownership model -- you know we're calling -- -- -- in the bullpen it's that I think it's.
Much more traditional word of.
We're not gonna see sort of Billy Martin thing that this time raiders get involved with for a few years.
I don't expect a -- And finally Tom I just gotta ask is this something that you have always dreamed of because a lot of us who love baseball do.
Dream of that possibility none of us can reach it some can.
The answer is yes.
It's always -- a in a dream of mine to be in this position.
It's time it's very exciting for me personally it's it's exciting for the -- were all big fans in in in and I love Wrigley Field so.
Get short answer is yes well a dream come true you deserve a -- it's pleasure to have yacht -- best of luck with -- -- Thank you very much.
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