Report: WGN Reopens Cubs Contract
October 18, 2013 at 4:55 AM (PT)
The CHICAGO TRIBUNE's ED SHERMAN is speculating on the possibility that TRIBUNE Talk WGN-A/CHICAGO and the CHICAGO CUBS might part ways in the wake of the station exercising its option to reopen its contract. The CUBS have been losing on the field, and SHERMAN cites sources saying that the station is "losing significant money" on the game broadcasts and may be seeking a reduced rights fee arrangement.
WGN-A President JIMMY DE CASTRO told SHERMAN, "Like any contract, there are periods where you do a business analysis. Both the CUBS and WGN are looking at it. We love our partnership and we hope it continues forever. The contract calls for us to take a look at it and we're going to do that."