Just a few things today, but enough to get you going:
- Hat tip to BCB reader AlaskaFan for reminding me about this profile of Sam Zell that appeared in the New Yorker magazine a couple of weeks ago (note: as most New Yorker articles are, this one is quite long, so be prepared!). Interesting stuff.
- And in a related development that was noted in this BCB diary yesterday, John Canning has resigned as CEO of his company, Madison/Dearborn Partners. This isn't a big deal -- it was, according to the article, "planned", and he remains as chairman. But the article goes on to say:
Canning said there is "nothing going on" with the Cubs bid, because Tribune has yet to issue an offer book.
Which confirms what I have heard -- that the sale of the Cubs is held up at least in part because the sale of Tribco has not yet been completed, as they await some sort of decision from the FCC on media crossownership rules.
Which is another reason not to take as gospel every breathless report you read on Rotoworld, which is, as it says right at the top of its pages, focused on "Fantasy Baseball Breaking News."
In fact, Hunter had dinner with Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks last night.
The point is, that even these supposedly plugged-in sportswriters don't know everything that's happening in major league baseball executive suites. With many people, including baseball people, likely headed somewhere for Thanksgiving celebrations soon, it seems to me we won't hear much about any major signings till early next week... unless some player joins a GM's family for dinner, as Curt Schilling did at Theo Epstein's house a few years ago.
Can you see Jim Hendry inviting the Fukudome family for Thanksgiving? First, he'd have to explain what Thanksgiving is...