We recently heard from a national analyst that he would be surprised if the Cubs were able to steal someone from a network to take Bob Brenly’s place in the booth.
He did however suggest Dan Plesac would be a nice fit, and Dave Van Dyck reports he may have interest after all. The same has been said recently about Rick Sutcliffe.
Both are former Cubs pitchers who work currently for networks (Sutcliffe ESPN and Plesac MLB network) and are currently under contract. That doesn’t mean they can't get out of those deals.
When it comes to the two I have heard Sutcliffe’s interest is lukewarm where Plesac’s is much more genuine.
Meanwhile, the Cubs business side made a move today. ESPN’s Jon Greenberg reports the Cubs are taking on some of the ticket scalpers that make up their season ticket base. They purged some accounts and opened up a possible 1000 seats for new season ticket holders.
The Cubs sent out 45 nonrenewal letters to a select group of season-ticket holders Wednesday, noting that season tickets "are a revocable license granted on a yearly basis at the sole discretion of the team."
The Cubs feel confident their research in trying to identify potential scalpers is correct, and only professional ticket sellers, many of whom have out of state addresses, were affected, according to one Cubs source, who said: "This is about the guy in California with 40 tickets."
"This move does not impact season-ticket holders who want to resell tickets because they can't attend the game," Cubs spokesman Julian Green said in a phone conversation. "This is about getting tickets in the hands of fans who want to enjoy Cubs baseball and experience Wrigley Field."
This is interesting timing as tickets were all too easy to come by this past season, could this be preemptive? Meanwhile, the Cubs deal with Stub Hub is about to expire and fans were encouraged to resell their tickets using the outlet in the past few years.
Some of the brokers I talked to said they essentially “took a bath” on tickets this season and were cutting back in their inventory. Hopefully demand will be an issue again as the Cubs return to contention.
There were times in 2003-2004 and 2007-2008 where scalpers took great advantage of the hot ticket the Cubs were.
What are your thoughts?
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