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Arizona House Passes Spring Training Bill

Still to be determined is the amount of any ticket surcharge. Says Rep. John McComish, the bill's sponsor: "I don't intend to push this bill any further in the Senate until we have agreement amongst all of those parties."

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Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Cubs

In 1984, the Chicago Cubs captured the hearts and minds of Chicago sports fans. Even though they fell short of winning the World Series, the team left an indelible mark on a generation of Cubs fans who remember hearing Van Halen's "Jump" open WGN telecasts.

Spring Training Funding Bill Amendment

AZ state Rep. John McComish is offering an amendment to the proposed bill to help fund the Cubs new complex. The rental car tax would be eliminated, and the ticket surcharge would be available to all teams, in addition to helping retire debt for Pima County after it lost all its ST teams.

A Look At The Reds New Spring Complex In Goodyear

The Cubs will play the Reds there on Sunday, March 21. I'm guessing the Cubs new complex will have similar amenities (and a larger stadium).

Official Announcement Of Cubs/Mesa Deal Expected Wednesday

There will be a news conference at the Arizona State Capitol at 11:30 am (Central time); the Ricketts may appear along with the mayor of Mesa, the governor of Arizona and other legislators.

Mesa City Council To Vote Tonight On Spring Training Proposal

At 6:45 pm (Central time) Monday night 1/25, the Mesa City Council will vote on the proposal to keep the Cubs there for spring training. Watch live streaming video via this link.

Further Details On Proposed AZ State Aid For New Cubs Spring Complex

From Spring Training Online: Mesa officials say this would be a good investment, as private investors would fund development surrounding the complex in an Arizona version of Wrigleyville. Initial response from state officials has been fairly positive, we're told, since there would be no tax increase for state residents. And we continue to hear the first choice among Cubs officials is to stay in Arizona if the numbers work.

Cubs Spring Training Tickets On Sale January 5

Complete information at the link. Sale date/time: Tuesday 1/5, 10 am CST.

Why The Cactus League Has Been So Successful

The Arizona Republic examines the success of the Cactus League since 2000, when there were only 10 teams remaining and teams were threatening to move to Florida. Among other things, the state of Arizona passed a law allotting tons of money for stadium construction. Interesting reading.

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