Breaking News: Rich, White Guy Has Chance To Buy Cubs

Michael TokarzCrain's Chicago Business reports Thursday that Tribune Company has asked two of the bidders for the team and Wrigley Field to pool their resources and make a combined bid. According to the Crain's source, the two bidders are 58-year-old Chicago native Michael Tokarz (pictured) of MVC Capital Inc., and Sports Properties Acquisitions Corporation, a New York company formed for the purpose of acquiring a professional sports franchise. Sports Properties is headed by Tony Tavares, former president of the Washington Nationals, and Hank Aaron—yeah, that Hank Aaron—sits on its board.

Tribune Company is said to feel that the two bidders' strengths are complementary: Sports Properties' team includes people with baseball experience, and Tokarz, formerly of the legendary New York equity firm, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, is stinkin' filthy rich.

Also this afternoon, the Tribune reports that the family of Joe Ricketts, founder of Ameritrade, is one of the groups that has advanced to the second round of the sale process.  

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from the previous thread...

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3503599

Cuban also made the next round...

Heh... at first I was trying to figure out who Rich White was.

Nothing a little comma can't fix.

Who gives a fuck about an Oxford Comma?

/hopes someone gets the reference.

Indeed. Welll played, Carlos.

I thought Rich White was asking Chance to buy the Cubs for him.

Like a midget at a urinal, that one's over my head...

According to WSCR

Cashner made his pro debut in Mesa today.

nice promo pic.

he went for the "crap on a shelf" background. that's one step up from elbow-on-knee/fist-on-chin with a forest background. a lot more mature. bravo.

I think the crap-on-a-shelf approach is quite popular with your CEOs. The airplane model on a platform (middle shelf) is another classic touch.

I don't want to imagine Cuban going nutso in the box seats when a call doesn't go the Cub's way - and he's also a big - time meddler in the front office of the Mavs. No thanks.

Take it from a guy with connections in Nebraska. The Rickett's family is the last one we want!

heard on xm radio (and I'm sure they were just citing a newspaper article), that Cuban had the highest bid at $1.3 Billion...

you have to think that the one with Hank Aaron and I think Sen. Jack Kemp is the one MLB wants.

I thought MLB wanted someone with local roots?

Now that Cuban's bid has made it to the next round, it's time to buy one of my shirts!

http://130855.spreadshirt.com/us/US/Shop/

All proceeds go toward my moving expenses. Also, anytime I see you wearing one of my shirts at a game or a TCR meet-up, I'll buy you an Old Style.

I'll try and put up an ad for you again on the sidebar with this heating up.

Holy crap, Cuban bid 1.3 billion. If there's any doubt about how badly he wants the team...

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