January 6, 2009
Bidding for Chicago Cubs nears end
The Tribune Co. is close to choosing a new owner for the Chicago Cubs but still may decide to pull the team and its stadium off the market, sources said.
The Chicago-based media conglomerate controlled by Sam Zell is considering offers from three groups of investors and could make a decision within 10 days, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.
The three prospective buyers are Chicago investor Hersch Klaff; the Ricketts family, founders of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.; and a group of investors led by Marc Utay, a New York private-equity investor who grew up in Chicago.
Tribune Co. filed for Chapter 11 protection in December. The Cubs are not included in the filing, but their sale would generate money for debt-holders.